Edmund Spenser

1552–1599
Edmund  Spenser

Edmund Spenser was a master of the English language and is considered one of its preeminent poets. Born in London in the sixteenth century, he wrote his classic epic poem, The Faerie Queen, in honor of Queen Elizabeth I and in celebration of the Tudor dynasty. Among his many contributions to English literature, he is the originator and namesake of the Spenserian stanza and Spenserian sonnet.