Definition of The Faerie Queene from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Faerie Queene

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a long poem (1590-6) by Edmund Spenser. It was written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I and its imaginary characters and events represent moral values. It is Spenser's best-known poem. The style of writing had a strong influence on the development of English poetry, and the pattern of rhymes in each verse was used by many later poets.