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  • Stephen Greenblatt, from "To Fashion a Gentleman: Spenser and the Destruction of the Bower of Bliss" in Renaissance Self-fashioning Chicago, 1980, 169-192.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • I ran away to my Dad who lives in the Bower of Bliss, but the education police dragged me back to the New Jerusalem, but I got away again and came back to the Bower of Bliss where my father was living with the Evil Princess — you know her: she used to fly on the rings.

    Animal Shadows

  • Acasia's Bower of Bliss, and several others, who have taken the same

    Epistle to a Friend Concerning Poetry (1700) and the Essay on Heroic Poetry (second edition, 1697)

  • Among the many lakes in New Hampshire, there is one of extreme beauty, -- a broad, shadowy water, some nine miles in length, with steep, thickly wooded banks, and here and there, as if moored on its calm surface, an island fit for the Bower of Bliss.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • Edmund Spenser, the Puritan and Englishman, allegorized the whole in such fashion that while the conscience was soothed by knowing that all the knights and ladies represented moral virtues or vices, the senses were titillated by mellifluous cadences and by naked descriptions of the temptations of the Bower of Bliss.

    The Age of the Reformation

  • On learning her husband had fallen into the power of this enchantress, the lady had sought the Bower of Bliss and by dint of wifely devotion had rescued her spouse.

    The Book of the Epic

  • Guyon decides to continue his quest for the Bower of Bliss.

    The Book of the Epic

  • Then, threading his way through the Bower of Bliss, he reaches its innermost grove, although Phaedria tries to detain him by offering him sundry pleasures.

    The Book of the Epic

  • Pleasure, -- who bore him off to the Bower of Bliss, a place where she detains her captives, feeding them on sweets until their manly courage is gone.

    The Book of the Epic

  • Having thus provided for the orphan, Sir Guyon, whose horse and spear meanwhile have been purloined by Braggadocchio, decides to recover possession of them, and to seek the Bower of Bliss to slay the witch

    The Book of the Epic


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