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Playing the Porter in The Faerie Queene
by Katherine Blankenau

As many critics have noted, Ben Jonson’s influential country house poem ‘To Penshurst’ concludes with an allusion to Spenser. Jonson praises the Sidney estate in comparison to architecturally grander, more decorative prodigy houses, which he disparages as ‘proud, ambitious heaps’. The words recall the phrase Spenser uses to sum up his description of the House of Pride: ‘It was a goodly heape for to behould’. Read more…


  • Peter Kyle 1 year, 6 months ago

    A Red Cross knight learns sacred virtues only when he loses grace. Duessa leads him to the House of Pride where the Knight meets Lucifera

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Katherine Blankenau, "Playing the Porter in The Faerie Queene," Spenser Review (Spring-Summer 2022). Accessed April 14th, 2024.
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