Friday, March 13, 2009

Faerie Queene Book 4

Okay. I've hit a little bump in my happy revisit of FQ. Book 4 is, I'm afraid, just unspeakably dull to me. Yes, there's the humor of the tournement/ beauty pageant, and the satisfaction of Britomart's conquest of Arthegall (though it disturbs me greatly that she becomes a mewling stereotype of womanhood at the end of canto 6, after all her deeds of derring-do). But there's just not all that much BEYOND plot going on in Book 4, and there's so very much of the plot.... I just can't find much to sink my teeth into. I can say, "Ah! The text's two most vital friendships are those between Spenser and Chaucer (who ride linked in lovely wise) and Spenser and the reader (who need to learn to be)." But I fear it's just not all that interesting, and I'm frankly glad to be back in troubled-allegory territory with Book 5.

4 comments:

Blue Cheese said...

One word: robots.

inktopia7 said...

I am starrifying the sentence that contains both "mewling stereotype of womanhood" and "deeds of derring-do"! Extra nice phrasing there!

Ink said...

Open ID is weird bc although it normally puts "Ink" in the name spot for comments, look at what it did there! It kind of *sounds* like a robot responded...

Renaissance Girl said...

Hey! Thanks!