Study Guide

The Faerie Queene Book 3, Proem

By Edmund Spenser

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Book 3, Proem

  • This bad boy is called: The Thirde Booke of the Faerie Queene. Contayning The Legend of Britomartis, or, Chastity.
  • Our narrator is going to tell us about chastity now, although he doesn't necessarily have to turn to Faerie Land to look for it, since his queen embodies it.
  • However, he's concerned that no art form, including poetry, is really capable of depicting this virtue but he's going to try anyway and hopes that, at the least, the queen herself will be mirrored in his work, perhaps in the character of Belphoebe.

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