By Dorothy Stephens
The poet Petrarch imagined that the hopeless yet natural love of a lady may lead a guy to heaven. In sixteenth-century England Edmund Spenser wrote poetry within the petrarchan culture whereas heightening its dilemmas--flirting with a truly diversified form of female picture. Dorothy Stephens exhibits that this flirtation emerges in simple terms in conditional language and events, and that the eroticism the reader feels usually belies a narrator's insistence that it truly is illusory. She is going directly to examine responses to Spenser's eroticism between female and male writers within the 17th century.