Mythological Allusions in Edmund Spenser's Time-Oriented "Epithalamion"
Radecki, Kay Ellen Keller
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The richness of the diction and imagery employed by Edmund Spenser in his Epithalamion tempts one into an immediate exploration of, for example, the depth and importance of his mythological allusions. A brief pause, however, to consider background and structure yields more than minor rewards; together, they provide and emphasize the essential element of the poem, 1.e., time. Once one understands the signif1cance and centrality of time to the poem, one can appreciate much more fully Spenser's use of mythology to reinforce sense and tone throughout his marriage poem.