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Jonathan Goldberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232215

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.001.0001

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Spenser's Familiar Letters

Spenser's Familiar Letters

(p.63) Chapter 3 Spenser's Familiar Letters

Jonathan Goldberg

Fordham University Press

“Ah foolish Hobbinol, thy gyfts bene vayne: Colin them gives to Rosalind againe” (55–60). The analogical structure of this exchange of gifts (Hobbinol is to Colin as Colin is to Rosalind) repeats the generic transformation of the second eclogue, a doubling (giving again) that splits the same, rerouting Corydon's catalogue of gifts for Alexis. The same gifts pass from Hobbinol to Colin and from Colin to Rosalind; the same “vayne” effect is achieved in each case — it passes through several hands and is yet refused.

Keywords:   Hobbinol, Colin, Rosalind, Spenser, eclogue, gifts, Corydon, Alexis

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