Everything You Know About the Softness
The Faerie Queene, Book One
by Edmund Spenser
This is pretty good, so far. The constant iambicism and mostly-workable rhymes is a little tiresome, but he uses words like "eftsoon" and "yclad", so that's all good.

Apparently in 1590 Faerie stories (and Malory, and what-not) were old hat, and no one was interested in reading them. However, if you told a story just like those, but you made sure that every single thing was actually an allegory for some other thing, people just ate it up.

The knight is actually England, Gloriana the titular Farie Queene is Elizabeth I, -more later-
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