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The Faerie Queene | Study Guide

Edmund Spenser

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Edmund Spenser

Years Published



Epic Poem


Allegory, Fantasy

Perspective and Narrator

The Faerie Queene is narrated in the first person. Though the speaker does not take part in the poem's action, the speaker is still omniscient, or all-knowing.


The Faerie Queene is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The poem takes place in the imaginary realm of Faery land. The "Faerie Queene" Gloriana represents the real Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603), the leader for whom Spenser wrote the poem.


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