Spenser’s Allegory of Temperance: A Study in Comparative Poetics
English & Comparative Literature Department
Ben Jonson Journal
In this paper, I wish to address a central paradox in the traditional interpretation of Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, Book II, canto xii, originating in a discrepancy between Spenser's stated intentions as an epic writer and the mode of presentation that defines his poetic objectives. The paradox cannot be resolved as long as allegory is generally conceived as a public mode of address. Close attention to the rhetorical structure of Spenser's allegory of Temperance, however, indicates that the alleged paradox involves a mistaken application of a literary category rather than a genuine insight into literature.
Melaney, W. D.
(1998). Spenser’s Allegory of Temperance: A Study in Comparative Poetics. Ben Jonson Journal, 4(1), 115–129.
Melaney, William Donald
"Spenser’s Allegory of Temperance: A Study in Comparative Poetics." Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 4,no. 1, 1998, pp. 115–129.