. Britomart and Marinell In Edmund Spenser's epic poem, The Faerie Queene, Britomart is a female knight who represents the virtue of chastity. Marinell is a knight whose mother has prophesied that he will only be conquered by a woman—romantically, he presumes. When Britomart takes on Sir Marinell, The waves are sparkling, sand is flying from Her charger’s hooves; she’s cherishing the smell Of briny wind, forgetting whence she’s come In light of her heart’s goal. Sir Marinell, Who guards the strand and lets no other pass, Espying her approach, her glittering mail, Rides hard to meet the helm-disguiséd lass. Convinced no knight can best him in a fight, Assured by sea-nymph mother’s prophecy A damsel will be his downfall---his sight Is dimmed to rushing femininity. The quick-converging hooves, the ready spears, The clash of warrior arms by fate pre-planned--- And Marinell lies waylaid, stained by tears, His bloody gore now blotching golden sand. While Britomart unheeding hurries on, Without a moment’s pause for fallen foe; The ruin an opponent’s undergone Not touching her, unmoved by other’s woe. The one abased by over-confidence, Presuming one can circumscribe one’s life; The other brutal in her innocence, Leaving a trail of incidental strife. . . Jeremiah Johnson got his MA in Rhetoric in 2003 and then ran off to China to teach for a decade. His work has appeared in the Sequoyah and Ekphrastic Reviews. He is also currently a teacher of English Composition and World Literature at the University of North Georgia. He lives in Cumming, GA.