Edmund Spenser: Colin Clouts Come Home Againe

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Colin Clouts Come Home Againe is a pastoral eclogue by Edmund Spenser, initially written in 1591, subsequently revised, and first published in 1595 by William Ponsonby.

Colin Clout is a more clearly autobiographical poem than any other by Spenser, and deals (in disguised form) with his 1589 journey with Sir Walter Ralegh from County Cork to London and the English court, during which time he oversaw the first three books of The Faerie Queene (1590) through the press and had the opportunity, under Ralegh’s patronage, to present his poem directly to Queen Elizabeth.

Spenser presents himself through his persona as the shepherd Colin Clout, a character who first appeared in The Shepheardes Calender

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Butler, Catherine . "Colin Clouts Come Home Againe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2013
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