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date: 27 February 2020

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This article analyzes Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender. The Shepheardes Calender offers eclogues in which multiple speakers, within and across poems, explore matters erotic, political, and aesthetic. It also exploits pastoral poetry's ready deployment of ostensibly ‘rude’ speakers to mask topical references and to offer elevated commentaries on the human condition. Spenser's eclogue book constitutes one of the most ambitious poetic debuts of any poet in any language.

Keywords: eclogues, pastoral poetry, poems, The Shepheardes Calender

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