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“Performing Elizabethan Poetry: Spenser & Shakespeare”

Early modern poets and playwrights were rarely far from each other’s practice. Although we appreciate the poetic qualities of Shakespeare’s lines, rarely do we consider the performance value of early modern poetry. What was the relationship between poetry and drama? How did early modern drama affect or connect with the extraordinary poetry written in the same period? How important was Shakespeare for Spenser, or Spenser for Shakespeare?

This Research in Action workshop will address and test these questions by staging poetry written by the most admired Elizabethan poet: Edmund Spenser, ‘the Prince of Poets in his tyme’.

This event is a collaboration between Globe Education, the International Spenser Society and University College Dublin.

text courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe