(a) Courtly love sonnet

Ans. Edmund Spenser made the Spenserian stanza familiar. The Spenserian stanza is

lyrical, measured and greatly controlled. Spenser became a model of versification

for the English Romantic poets. In the 19th century, poets including Keats and

Byron, made use of the Spenserian verse. Spenser is also known as the poet of

allegory which he used in The Faerie Queene and The Shepherdes Calendar.

(b) The Elizabethan World

Ans. In a letter written to Walter Ralegh, Spenser had written his idea of what a

poet should be and the role he was to play in contemporary society. He wrote to

Ralegh that "The general end therefore of all the booke is to fashion a gentleman