{Miscellaneous Mondays} A Brief Note and a Long Quote

First off, valued readers, I apologize for my absence last week. I know I warned you about the possibility, but I still feel bad. School and editing for  The Cracked Pot and church activities and school and more school swamped me. However, I plan on posting What to Read Next Part 2 this Friday, with the possibility of a new poem on Wednesday. Thank you all for your patience and graciousness. =)

Now for the quote. I’m reading Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and just wait till you see what it’s like:

O Goodly golden chaine, wherewith yfere

The vertues linked are in louely wize:

And noble minds of yore allyed were,

In braue poursuit of cheualrous emprize,

That none did others safety despize,

Nor aid enuy to him, in need that stands,

But friendly each did others prayse deuize,

How to aduaunce with fauorable hands,

As this good Prince redeemd the Redcrosse knight from bands.

Yeah. I’m actually really enjoying it, but it’s simply taking me a lot longer to read than it normally should. All those archaic words and spellings make it quite fun—but long. It’s almost like translating  a foreign language.

Have you ever read The Faerie Queene? How has life been for you? 

7 responses to “{Miscellaneous Mondays} A Brief Note and a Long Quote”

  1. I love the sound of medieval poetry! Middle English sounds like a totally different language, but it sounds amazing.

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  2. I’m actually reading a portion of The Faerie Queen in my own literature right now! (Well, I’ve read it already . . . just waiting to be able to go over it.) I liked it- it’s not my favorite thing I’ve read this year, but it was good.

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    Judith L. Livingstone

    Dearest Abby,

    Yes, when my mother(your great-grandmother) was at Wellesley she decided to take English courses starting from the beginning. She said learning old English was like learning a totally foreign language. I suppose she started with Beowulf, then Chaucer, etc. Anyway, I am glad that you are enjoying Spenser and I am also glad that your arms are all right. Thank you for everything.

    All my love,


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  4. I will have to read that! I love Medieval poetry– it is probably my favorite type! Right now, I am actually reading through Tolkien’s translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo. C. S. Lewis also wrote a narrative poem, The Queen of Drum, that is written in the Medieval style (though without the Middle English spellings). I would recommend all of the poems, and there are some beautiful quotes such as this one from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: “Should fate be foul or fair, why falter I or fear? What can a man do but dare?”

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    1. If you like Medieval poetry, you’ll love this—it’s the crown jewel of all such writing. Ohohoh, I have read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Tolkien’s translation) twice, and I absolutely love it. Wonderful quote, too. Now I want to read Pearl and Sir Orfeo. When I have time. xD


      1. I will put it on my list then! The book I have for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight actually includes the other two poems. You should check them out 😉

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        1. Yes, my copy as them two! I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I think I will now, though. =)


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