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'The New Poet'Novelty and Tradition in Spenser's Complaints$
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Richard Danson Brown

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238034

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313660

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The New Poetry beyond the Complaints

The New Poetry beyond the Complaints

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(p.255) Chapter Seven The New Poetry beyond the Complaints
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'The New Poet'
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313660.009

This chapter considers the further implications of the innovatory poetic Spenser proposes in the major Complaints. Inevitably, this inquiry will repudiate the suggestion that Spenser's poems are work that ‘everyone can write’. The transformation of traditional forms and the rethinking of poetry's relation to the external world in the Complaints illuminate the poetic novelty of two supreme examples of ‘the new poetry’: The Faerie Queene and Shakespeare's Sonnets.

Keywords:   Edmund Spenser, new poetry, The Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Sonnets, poetic

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