Abstract

Spenser’s late poetry—especially Colin Clouts Come Home Againe and book 6 of The Faerie Queene—represents the associated concepts of monasticism and idleness in surprisingly positive ways. This article argues that these positive representations criticize a dominant Tudor discourse of industry; help to redefine the meaning of spiritual and intellectual labor, including that of poetry itself; and emphasize the importance of empathy as a literary and human value.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 59-79
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-06
Open Access
No
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