Edmund Spenser's Poem "Amoretti and Epithalamion" Poem Review by Champ

Edmund Spenser's Poem "Amoretti and Epithalamion"
This paper reviews Edmund Spenser's poem "Amoretti and Epithalamion", written in 1591 as a tribute to his bride, Elizabeth Boyle.
# 98833 | 1,470 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 18, 2007 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that traditionally an epithalamion was sung during the wedding ceremony as the bride was led to the bridegroom's home and was about to cross the threshold. The author points out that "Amoretti and Epithalamion" is a difficult poem because of Spenser's use of archaic language even for his day, which gives the poem an almost Biblical quality reminiscent of the descriptions and idealized imagery of the beloved similar to the "Song of Solomon". The paper concludes that, using images from nature and religion, Spenser has created a love poem that captures the nature of romantic love when everything about the beloved person is perfect and all the world agrees. The paper includes several quotations.

From the Paper:

""Amoretti and Epithalamion" is considered a revival of the ancient Greek poetic tradition to create an epithalamion in honor of newlywed couples. The form was lost during the Roman conquest until Spenser revived it. "Amoretti and Epithalamion" is like a duet, with one voice responding to the other. The two poems represent the two lovers as they struggle to create a union despite the conventions of their times. A comparison of "Amoretti" and "Epithalamion" shows both similarities and differences, but in both, Spenser uses nature for imagery and as an extended metaphor to create a tone of mysticism in his descriptions of love."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • www.thefreedictionary.com/epitalamion).

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Edmund Spenser's Poem "Amoretti and Epithalamion" (2007, October 18) Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/edmund-spenser-poem-amoretti-and-epithalamion-98833/

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"Edmund Spenser's Poem "Amoretti and Epithalamion"" 18 October 2007. Web. 27 January. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/poem-review/edmund-spenser-poem-amoretti-and-epithalamion-98833/>