The Contexts of the 1590s
This chapter begins with a discussion of Spenser's alter ego, Colin Clout, who appeared sporadically in his poetry. It illustrates the fraught and dangerous the times in which Spenser was writing, and how these are reflected in Spenser's poem Colin Clouts come home againe, both in terms of the reference to the Irish wolves surrounding the embattled English colonists and of the distant queen who has become cut off from those who are truly loyal.
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