Blatant Beast


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Blatant Beast

monster with 100 tongues; calumnious voice of world. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
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The Hermit stressed the importance of individual willpower in curing the wounds of the Blatant Beast, but Mirabella perverts these qualities into a radical narcissism.
More immediately, Melibee's contented slumber is juxtaposed with Timias and Serena's insomnia after their encounters with the Blatant Beast.
Moreover, Coridon perpetuates a violence against himself akin to the rituals of the savage nation and to the corrosive bites of the Blatant Beast.
Ultimately, these brigands both emulate the doglike Blatant Beast and externalize Calidore's Petrarchism, which ravishes the shepherds, distances him from Pastorella, and threatens the very fabric of pastoral poetry.
Calidore's encounter with the Blatant Beast in an isolated monastery "reiterates his earlier withdrawal into the pastoral world," as Joshua Phillips notes, such that the completion of his epic task recalls the allegory of literary modes in the preceding cantos.
His attempt at reconciliation--his intervention in Renaissance literature to contain the more hazardous features of Petrarchism--meets with some success, as he represents in Calidore's victory over the brigands, his short-lived reunion with Pastorella, and his temporary triumph over the Blatant Beast.
Critics rightly interpret the Blatant Beast with respect to Spenser's anxiety about how readers (including but by no means limited to Lord Burghley) had responded and might continue to respond to his work.
The Blatant Beast, defamer of knightly character and the last remaining enemy of the fairy court, finally met his match.