The Methode of a Poet Historical

“For the Methode of a Poet Historical is not such, as of an Historiographer.  For an Historiographer discourseth of affayres orderly as they were donne, accounting as well the times as the actions, but a Poet thrusteth into the middest, even where it most concerneth him, and there recoursing to the thinges forepaste, and divining of thinges to come, maketh a pleasing Analysis of all.”

— Edmund Spenser, in a letter to Sir Walter Raleigh, explaining The Faerie Queene

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