Edmund Spenser, the Critical Heritage

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LANGUAGE AND STYLE

See Introduction pp. 22-4. Where linguistic and stylistic comment is incidental to some more general argument, it will be found in the earlier sections of the book. See in particular Nos. 1, 2, 4, 56, 57, 71, 87, 88, 96, 97, 99, 103, no, 122. Most of this early comment is misdirected, and the reader should at least be aware of the works listed in Dorothy Atkinson's Bibliographical Supplement.


132.

Gabriel Harvey

1580

See headnote to No. 3.

(a) From the Marginalia, ed. G.C. Moore Smith (Stratford-upon-Avon, 1913), p. 168 (to Gascoigne's Certaine notes of Instruction) :

The difference of the last verse from the rest in euerie Stanza, a grace in the Faerie Queen.

Ibid., pp. 168-9.

The reason of manie a good uerse, marred in Sir Philip Sidney, M. Spenser, M. Fraunce, & in a manner all our excellentest poets: in such words, as heauen, euil, diuel, & the like; made dyssyllables, contrarie to their natural pronunciation.

So M. Spenser, & Sir Philip, for the most part (write lines with unequal numbers of syllables, such that the fewer the syllables, the longer the line will seem to the ear).

Our poems only Rymes, and not Verses.

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