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...tion is using epithets re-namings of, mainly, characters by stock phrases. These occur quite a lot in The Faerie Queene. The Knight of the Red Crosse is among others named “the Champion (stout)”, “the valiant Elfe”, “the Elfin knight” while Una is often referred to as “that Ladie milde” or “faithful Dame”. Another epic convention is the statement of the theme. It occurs in the beginning of every canto in Spenser's epic poem: the canto commences with a four-line sentence, stating briefly what is about to happen.
To conclude, basic conventions of an epic poem are can be fulfil by The Faerie Queene. Thus, the poem no matter whether it carries romance characteristics, eventually it remains as one of the fairest example of English literature in epic genre and with its success Edmund Spenser is going to be remembered as one of the best poets amid Homer, Virgil or Tosso.
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