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Affiliation, allusion, allegory

“becomes almost an allegorical figure for ‘lifes wretchednesse,’ a projection of our own—and the narrator’s—fear” (“Idolatrous idylls,” 140). MUP_Hile_SpenserSatire_Printer.indd 51 14/10/2016 15:35 52 Spenserian satire light of this ambiguity, a reader might employ reading strategies developed through encountering the personifications in The Faerie Queene. Such a reader would look for iconographic details that might help identify the figure and would also notice descriptive words that convey evaluative information. The figure wears black and carries a “Jaakob staffe

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Imitation of Spenserian satire

remained in prison from March 20 through July 26, 1614 (O’Callaghan, Shepheards Nation, 173). Two important events occurred during Wither’s imprisonment: the publication of Shepherds Pipe and the death of Northampton on June 15. Wither’s contributions to Shepherds Pipe represent a conciliatory gesture, an attempt to soften Wither’s authorial persona and to downplay the offense of Abuses, presumably in order to secure his release from prison. The death of Northampton, however, leads to an about-face in Wither’s strategies of authorial self-fashioning, with Wither

in Spenserian satire