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Sea-MarkThe Metaphorical Voyage, Spenser to Milton$
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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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—Spenser

—Spenser

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

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(p.19) Chapter One—Spenser
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Sea-Mark
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317415.003

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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