Edmund Spenser: Amoretti

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  • Tamsin Theresa Badcoe (University of Bristol)

Edmund Spenser’s sonnet sequence Amoretti was first printed, together with the poet’s marriage hymn Epithalamion, in a single octavo in 1595. It had been entered into the Stationers’ Register on 19th November 1594 and was published by William Ponsonby, who in the dedicatory letter addressed to Sir Robert Needham that was printed with the work, appears to suggest that it was Needham who brought Spenser’s manuscript to London from Ireland. As Ponsonby writes, Needham is to be praised not only for his literary tastes, but for providing the poems with safe passage across the Irish Sea:

For, besides your iudgement and delighte in learned poesie: This gentle Muse for her former perfection …

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Badcoe, Tamsin Theresa. "Amoretti". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6719, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. The Sonnet Tradition