The Faerie Queene, Book 1, Canto 1: on the Dragon’s Brood

The first section of The Faerie Queene is a relatively straightforward “knight vs. dragon” scene, in which the dragon is described with various exclamations of her wretchedness, then killed by the knight. What is included in the stanza after the dragon’s death, however, threw me off a little: “Her scattred brood, soone as their Parent… Read more The Faerie Queene, Book 1, Canto 1: on the Dragon’s Brood

Why go backe?

The latter half of Canto 1 appears to depict Archimago, a sorcerer or wizard, who “seekes out mighty charmes, to trouble sleepy minds” (36), or otherwise aims to disturb and torture his guests. There’s a remarkable stretch that describes a spright, summoned by Archimago, travelling through some sort of dreamworld or underworld to… speak with… Read more Why go backe?