This paper is a close reading of a passage of approximately 20-30 lines in length. The book where the story comes from is The Norton Anthology English Literature Seventh Edition Volume 1 and the story name is The Faerie
Queene, Book 1, Canto 4. The stanzas I would like the paper to be on are 4,5, and 6. In the passage you should look for language sufficiently rich and complex to sustain detailed analysis, as well as a theme that provides an insight into or perspective on a character and or an important aspect of the poem, or a digression or episode whose relation to the poem is not clear. A close reading is not a paraphrase or description of a text, though some plot or even textual summary may be necessary to provide a context for your discussion. A close reading provides an analysis and interpretation of the language of the text, explaining to your reader something not immediately obvious on a first reading. The passages the paper is on is.....
A stately Pallace built of squared bricke,
Which cunningly was without morter laid,
30 Whose wals were high, but nothing strong, nor thick,
And golden foile all over them displaid,
That purest skye with brightnesse they dismaid:
High lifted up were many loftie towres,
And goodly galleries farre over laid,
35 Full of faire windowes, and delightfull bowres;
And on the top a Diall told the timely howres.
It was a goodly heape for to behould,
And spake the praises of the workmans wit;
But full great pittie, that so faire a mould
40 Did on so weake foundation ever sit:
For on a sandie hill, that still did flit,
And fall away, it mounted was full hie,
That every breath of heaven shaked it:
And all the hinder parts, that few could spie,
45 Were ruinous and old, but painted cunningly.
Arrived there they passed in forth right;
For still to all the gates stood open wide,
Yet charge of them was to a Porter hight
Cald Malvenu, who entrance none denide:
50 Thence to the hall, which was on every side
With rich array and costly arras dight:
Infinite sorts of people did abide
There waiting long, to win the wished sight
Of her, that was the Lady of that Pallace bright.
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