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date: 19 October 2019

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This article addresses the following question: Other than Queen Elizabeth, the epic's most prominent reader, who did Spenser imagine as the reader most vigilant over the poem's wanton assault by the figures of Ate, Enuie, Detraction, and the Blatant Beast? It suggests that the principle reader of the 1596 The Faerie Queene is a choice between two ‘lodwicks’, Spenser's friend and contemporary Lodowick Bryskett, and the ghost of Spenser's long deceased but much admired epic model, Ludovico Ariosto. These two ‘lodwicks’ lend further insight into why the 1596 installment failed to complete Spenser's grand epic design.

Keywords: epic poem, poetry, lodowicks, Lodowick Bryskett, Ludovico Ariosto

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