Speaking of The Faerie Queene, a critic says that "in all English literature there is no other poem quite so rich, none which exhibits such a variety of interest". Well, there is not the least exaggeration in this comment; and Book I may be regarded as a fair specimen of Spenser's poetic gifts as displayed in The Faerie Queene.
This critical study of Book I of Spenser's masterpiece has specially been designed to meet the examination requirements of university students for whom Book I is prescribed for intensive reading. A complete paraphrase of the text has been provided, and no aspect of Book I has been left out of the critical discussion which has been offered in this study. As many as twenty-six important questions and full-length answers to them have been supplied, besides a Canto-by-Canto summary and Canto-by-Canto critical comments. Most students will, indeed, find this critical study of Book I to be indispensable to their preparation for the examinations which they have to take.