Saturday, September 29, 2012

"The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser

I've been re-reading Book 3, Canto 2, about how Britomart fell in love with a handsome soldier she saw in a magic mirror made by Merlin. It's a wonderful story, written in Spenser's most musical rhythms, and one of the best aspects of it is the loving friendship shown between Britomart and her nurse, Glauce. In mesmerizing cadences, Spenser spins a mystical tale for the reader -- a tale I could re-read again and again.

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