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Brittains Ida or Venus and Anchises

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Brittain's Ida is a passionate and compelling poem by Edmund Spenser that explores the themes of love, desire, and nobility. The story follows the beautiful nymph Ida, who becomes enamored with the handsome young shepherd, Colin. As the two navigate the complexities of their forbidden love, they are met with opposition and challenges from those around them.

Spenser's mastery of language and form is evident throughout the poem, with rich imagery and vivid descriptions that bring the characters and setting to life. The poem is infused with a sense of longing and yearning, as Ida and Colin struggle to overcome the societal barriers that stand in the way of their happiness.

Venus and Anchises is another captivating work by Spenser that delves into the themes of love, passion, and fate. The poem tells the story of the goddess Venus and the mortal prince Anchises, who fall in love despite the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart.

Spenser's intricate storytelling and use of allegory add depth and complexity to the narrative, raising questions about the nature of love and the power of destiny. The dynamic between the immortal Venus and the mortal Anchises creates a compelling tension that drives the poem forward, keeping readers engaged until the very last line.

Overall, both Brittain's Ida and Venus and Anchises showcase Spenser's talent for crafting poetic works that are both visually stunning and emotionally resonant. Fans of epic poetry and romance will surely find much to love in these timeless works.

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While hunting, the boy Anchises stumbles upon Venus's forest retreat and is so kindly entertained by the goddess that he becomes the proud father of Aeneas, the hero of Vergil's Aeneid. The poem is an epyllion like Marlowe's "Hero and Leander" and Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis," a short erotic poem with a mythological subject. The style is Spenserian, the stanzas rhyming ababbccc.

When Brittain's Ida was published in 1628, the publisher ascribed it to Edmund Spenser. However, in 1926 Ethel Seaton discovered and published Fletcher's original manuscript, whose opening stanzas make clear that this is the work of Fletcher, who entitled it "Venus and Anchises."

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