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date: 20 February 2020

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This article analyzes Spenser's The Faerie Queene. The Faerie Queene, from its first syllables, construes itself as occupying the place of national epic, and it is in this context that its rich hybridity and capaciousness must be understood. Spenser's poem proposes to tell a nation the story of its own consolidating destiny. And more: aspiring to fashion its reader in consummate virtue, which is to say, in consummate fitness for service to a polemically idealized Reformation Faerie Queene, the poem imagines for itself an active role in bringing that destiny about.

Keywords: poem, epic, destiny, The Faerie Queene

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