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Penguin Classics Complete Poems Of Christopher Marlowe [Paperback]

Christopher Marlowe , Stephen Orgel
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March 18 1986 Classics
The essential lyric works of the great Elizabethan playwright--newly revised and updated

Though best known for his plays--and for courting danger as a homosexual, a spy, and an outspoken atheist--Christopher Marlowe was also an accomplished and celebrated poet. This long-awaited updated and revised edition of his poems and translations contains his complete lyric works--from his translations of Ovidian elegies to his most famous poem, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," to the impressive epic mythological poem "Hero and Leander."
 
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Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury the year of Shakespeare’s birth. Like Shakespeare, he was of a prosperous middle-class family, but unlike Shakespeare he went to a university, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he received the bachelor’s degree in 1584 and the master’s degree in 1587. The terms of his scholarship implied that he was preparing for the clergy but he did not become a clergyman. Shortly before he received his M.A. the University seems to have wished to withhold it, apparently suspecting him of conversion to Roman Catholicism, but the Queen’s Privy Council intervened on his behalf, stating that he “had done her majesty good service” and had been employed “in matters touching the benefit of the country.” His precise service is unknown. After Cambridge, Marlowe went to London, where he apparently lived a turbulent life (he had two brushes with the law and was said to be disreputable) while pursuing a career as a dramatist. He wrote seven plays--the dates of which are uncertain--before he was yet again in legal difficulties: he was arrested in 1593, accused of atheism. He was not imprisoned, and before his case could be decided he was dead, having been stabbed in a tavern while quarreling over the bill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it March 26 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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When I was buying this this book (Penguin edition)I was concerned about whether it would include all the poetry of Marlowe.

So, I was impressed to receive the bonuses, and I have found it highly satisfactory for my purposes. Here are the contents:

Hero and Leander (complete with George Chapman additions).
Ovid's Elegies (all 3 books).
Lucan's First book
From the Passionate Pilgrim
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, (a truly beautiful poem).
Sir Walter Ralegh attrib Nymph's Reply
Responses to The Passionate Shepherd by John Donne, and J Paulin, and Anonymous.
On the Death of Sir Roger Manwood.
Book 1 Elegia XV by Ben Jonson.
Henry Petowe's response to Hero and Leander, with their further adventures.

Marlowe undoubtedly is one of the most influential poets and playwrights of all time, credited with popularising blank verse (unrhymed verse) on the Elizabethan stage. Similarly the iambic pentameter so commonly employed by Shakespeare undoubtedly was influenced by Marlowe. Indeed many Shakespearean scholars through the centuries, according to various books I have read consider that Marlowe either wrote or cowrote some of the early Shakespeare plays such as Richard II, Richard III, 1Henry IV, 2HenryIV, Henry V, and others. I also recommend you check out Marlowe's plays such as Dr Faust, and Edward II, both great plays.

It's unfortunate that bookstores do not appear to readily stock Marlowe, while the shelves are full of Shakespeare. I think his influence and brilliance is greater than most people imagine.

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I consider this one of the best poetry books I have bought. I think you will love it, and I hope this was helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it March 26 2012
By L. Power - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was buying this this book (Penguin edition)I was concerned about whether it would include all the poetry of Marlowe.

So, I was impressed to receive the bonuses, and I have found it highly satisfactory for my purposes. Here are the contents:

Hero and Leander (complete with George Chapman additions).
Ovid's Elegies (all 3 books).
Lucan's First book
From the Passionate Pilgrim
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, (a truly beautiful poem).
Sir Walter Ralegh attrib Nymph's Reply
Responses to The Passionate Shepherd by John Donne, and J Paulin, and Anonymous.
On the Death of Sir Roger Manwood.
Book 1 Elegia XV by Ben Jonson.
Henry Petowe's response to Hero and Leander, with further adventures.

Marlowe undoubtedly is one of the most influential poets and playwrights of all time, credited with popularising blank verse (unrhymed verse) on the Elizabethan stage. Similarly the iambic pentameter so commonly employed by Shakespeare undoubtedly was influenced by Marlowe. Indeed many Shakespearean scholars through the centuries, according to various books I have read consider that Marlowe either wrote or cowrote some of the early Shakespeare plays such as Richard II, Richard III, 1Henry IV, 2HenryIV, Henry V, and others. I also recommend you check out Marlowe's plays such as Dr Faust, and Edward II, both great plays.

It's unfortunate that bookstores do not appear to readily stock Marlowe, while the shelves are full of Shakespeare. I think his influence and brilliance is greater than most people realise.

I consider this one of the best poetry books I have bought. I think you will love it, and I hope this was helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love,love it Sept. 9 2013
By Helen Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a great fan of Kit Marlowe. I read his poems and he is the first Shakespeare! Died young, you can imagine what he would have written if he had more time.
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