Edmund Spenser Poems
- My Love Is Like To Ice My love is like to ice, and I to ...
- Ice And Fire My love is like to ice, and I to fire: How ...
- Sonnet 54 Of this worlds theatre in which we stay, My love ...
- Easter MOST glorious Lord of Lyfe! that, on this day, Didst...
- Amoretti Lxxv: One Day I Wrote... One day I wrote her ...
- Poem 1 YE learned sisters which haue oftentimes beene to me ...
- Amoretti Lxvii: Like As A Hunt... Like as a huntsman after ...
Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.
Edmund Spenser was born in East Smithfield, London around the year 1552 though there is some ambiguity as to the exact date of his birth. As a young boy, he was educated in London at the Merchant Taylors' School and matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge he became a friend of Gabriel Harvey, and later consulted him, despite their ... more »
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My Love Is Like To Ice
My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
And ice, which is congeal's with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
Such is the power of love in gentle ...