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Imitation of Spenserian satire
Rachel E. Hile

person could read this in 1603 and not think, upon reading of the “happy bed” of Mary and Lord Darnley, of Lord Darnley’s eventual murder, less than two years after his ill-fortuned wedding? Did Drayton have reservations about the new king (such reservations as McCabe thinks motivated Spenser’s portrait of Mary in The Faerie Queene) and thus wanted to remind readers of James’s embarrassing family history? Did he describe his pen as “forward” not because it was too early, but because it was too “forward” in the sense of aggressive (i.e., the opposite of “froward”) when

in Spenserian satire