Spenser and the Renaissance Orpheus

@article{Cain1971SpenserAT,
  title={Spenser and the Renaissance Orpheus},
  author={Thomas H. Cain},
  journal={University of Toronto Quarterly},
  year={1971},
  volume={41},
  pages={24 - 47}
}
No poet of the Renaissance is more attuned to mythopoeic creation than is Spenser. He can invent a figure like Florimell by fusing the myths of Psyche, Persephone, and the chaste Helen and still create something abundantly fresh and mysterious. Throughout his poems his imagination turns to the two figures of myth that sixteenth-century peets found most useful: Hercules the archetype of the hero, the active protagonist of the good; and Orpheus the artist-magician, celebrated in Henry VIII in the… Expand
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