Queen Elizabeth-I in the Poetry of Spenser & Raleigh (A Critical Study) is a well research book written by Dr. Neeta Lagachu.The author has been successful in presenting a realistic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth -I in the poetry of Edmund Spenser and Walter Raleigh. If we look at the history of English Literature, We cannot deny the contribution of Spenser and Raleigh in the field of Poetry. Both the poets left a lasting impression in English literature through their poems. They contributed a lot towards the development of English poetry. But this contribution that resulted in their gaining fame and repute was made possible due to the charismatic long reign and presence of Queen Elizabeth-I.

The book highlights these important aspects and also places the contention that it was doubly difficult for the Queen as well as Spenser and Raleigh to have survived the complicated upheavals prevailing at the time. The book is an excellent research study carried by the author with a foreword written by Hirendra Nath Dutta, noted academician, literary critic, poet and Sahitya Akademi Award winner in Assamese.

The First Chapter of the book is the introduction, where the author has given a detail background of the Elizabethan Age taking into consideration the socio-political factors.The author has dealt extensively with the diverse issues that lead to the renaissance or reawakening spirit in her. It is during Queen Elizabeth -I that English Society and England witnesses tremendous ambition and achievements. Chapter 2 is again an in depth study of Queen Elizabeth-I as a legend.

Chapter 3 entitled “Elizabeth: Muse of Poets” is an exploration of Elizabeth-I as the muse of poetry. Chapter 4 is “Elizabeth: The Spirit of Epoch”, where the author discusses about the role of Queen Elizabeth in bringing about positive changes in the society.

Chapter 5 is the concluding where the author concludes with a positive note that Elizabeth-I figure has emerged as a fascinating figure.The concluding part of the book very strongly put forward the idea that the role of Elizabeth-1 was great and inspiring one.And it is because of Elizabeth -I, that the English society witnesses tremendous literary developments. The book is a well-researched one and was a Ph.D. thesis submitted by Dr. Neeta Lagachu to North Eastern Hill University. She at present teaches in the Department of English, C.K.B Commerce College, Jorhat, Assam, India.

About the reviewer: Mrs Pranami Bania is at present working as the Asstt. Professor, Deptt.of English, J.B. College, Jorhat. She is a poet, critic , writer and researcher.She has completed two minor research project on “ Aesthetic Material Culture of the Satras in the mediaeval Assamese society with special reference to Satras in Majuli” and “ Classroom Management Education Scenario” approved by UGC and IGNOU. She is at present working on her third research project on “Fictionalising  and   revisiting  Characters    from History: A feminist reading of Nirupama Borgohain’s select works approved by UGC. Mrs Bania has published quite a good number of research papers in national and international journals. She has presented more than twenty papers in national and international journals. She has to her credit more than twenty five research publications in the form of research paper, articles, chapters, monograph etc. [Read More]

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