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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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‘Who Fares on Sea, may not Commaund His Way’

(p.19) Chapter One—Spenser
Liverpool University Press

The voyage metaphor is evident in Book II of Edmund Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queene, with its platitudes about the dangers and uncertainties of sea-travel. Here Phaedria tries to calm Guyon's anger at being led astray, but her advice falls midway between the literal and the figurative. At the same time, Phaedria is making a comment on life, using sea imagery in a general proverbial way. Such voyaging images in the Phaedria/Guyon episode occupy a central place in The Faerie Queene.

Keywords:   Edmund Spenser, voyage, metaphor, The Faerie Queene, sea-travel, imagery

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