Tag Archives: Sir Walter Raleigh

hidden, unknowable and unthinkable

Richard Francis Burton, born in the nineteenth-century, rightfully belonged to the Renaissance, and should have been contemporary with  Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake. Instead he was trapped in the century least capable of appraising his talents, confined and … Continue reading

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spenser and the poetry of opposites

Herbert Spenser’s achievement in “The Faerie Queene” was to embody the great antitheses of the Elizabethan era: both the magnanimity and grace of the age that inspired poets and sent adventurers around the world, and the frantic cruelty that degraded … Continue reading

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