Iconic characters like Marlowe, Spenser, and James Bond make up the patchwork of our modern day folklore.
Brilliant as an exponent of the virtues in Spenser, Dante, Chaucer, Lewis could not write his own poetry.
In these poems S. becomes the connecting link between Chaucer and Spenser.
All men—Spenser as well as Jonson—found him gentle and witty, gay and generous.
Nearly two hundred years passed on, then Spenser was laid near by.
Spenser's knights in the 'Fairy Queen' are mere shadows to them.
The quotation marks were dropped, however, in subsequent editions (as in the quotation from Spenser, in the poem Beggars).
Spenser may have lost by being less realistic than Fielding.
Spenser, in his version of the story, has followed these authorities.
In spiritual kinship he is much nearer to Spenser than to Shakespeare.