qWhat critic of Spenser's poetry does not know, and acknowledge, a debt to Harry Berger? The collection, at last, of these seminal essays into a single volume is welcome news indeed for the generation of scholars who learned from them and can now more easily send their own students to them. . . . Their importance as documents of the discovery of Spenser, and the Spenserian mode, in the 1960s is given new prominence, moreover, by Berger's recent essays here on the 'metapastoralism' of qThe Shepheardes Calendar.q In them, this New Critic comes home again to Spenser, recognizing the value of recent critical trends but arguing passionately for the centrality of the close reading of text. The result is a powerful case for reconciliation and consolidation of methods that have dominated literary study over the second half of this century.q--Donald Cheney, co-editor of qThe Spenser Encyclopediaqin poetry the problems he encounters in his progress through the Calender, problems of unrequited love and unredeemed time, he would have to deny his pastoral nature.aquot;18 This sympathetic closure, in which the poet joins with his puppet, anbsp;...
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