The Relation of Spenser and Harvey to Puritanism

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... (e.g. Crawforth, 2013;Lethbridge, 2006;Oser, 2014;Padelford, 1916;Tolman, 1918;Van Gelder, 1961). This paper follows a critical /analytical approach to highlight the Puritan concepts apparent in Amoretti and Epithalamion, specifically the Puritan's notion of marriage, the contrast between earth and heaven, the Puritans' interpretation of grace, and their attitude towards suffering. ...
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This paper analyses Edmund Spenser's sonnet sequence Amoretti and its concluding sequel Epithalamion within the context of Puritanism. By highlighting the Puritanical concepts in Spenser's two poetic works, the two researchers demonstrate the aspects in which Spenser parts ways with the Petrarchan sonnet tradition. Spenser offers a pure, Christian love that ends in holy matrimony as an alternative to the unsanctified, unrequited love in Petrarchan sonnets. Moreover, this research identifies the segments of Spenser's poems wherein Platonism is exceedingly manifested. Through the textual examination of the two aforementioned works, it becomes evident that nuances of the Puritan faith come to light in Spenser's depiction of a holy, Christian courtship and marriage, in his portrayal of the lady as an embodiment of heavenly light in contrast to the inferiority of earthly existence and in his parallel presentation of the lover's suffering for his angelic lady as an allegorical reflection of the agony endured by the Puritan to gain Heavenly Grace.
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