The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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The Faerie Queene: Book IV: Proem Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The narrator reflects on how he’s spent a lot of time recently praising love, perhaps too much time for some readers, but he asserts that true love is where honor and virtue come from—only cold-hearted people don’t realize this. He once again says that he writes in praise of his queen.
One reason why the narrator might be hesitant to spend more time on love is because Queen Elizabeth never married or had a public love life, and too much focus on love could be seen as a criticism of her single status.
Themes
Virtue, Allegory, and Symbolism Theme Icon
British Identity and Nationalism Theme Icon
Protestantism Theme Icon
Love and Friendship Theme Icon
The Role of Women Theme Icon