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During the yearly festival to Adonis (one of Venus’ lovers) in Sestos, Leander and Hero first meet. Marlowe described it with a memorable ten. This week’s “poem” is an excerpt from Christopher Marlowe’s epyllion, Hero and Leander, a splendid piece of narrative verse that was never. The Project Gutenberg eBook, Hero and Leander, by Christopher Marlowe This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no.

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She, overcome with shame and leandwr fear, Like chaste Diana when Actaeon spied her, Being suddenly betrayed, dived down to hide her. It was a nice romance and all but the fact that we don’t know if this is the conclusive ending to their tale or whether there is supposed to christophet more makes me feel like I am reading something unfinished, and like I can’t really place a certain judgment on the story yet. The story is humorous and romantic.

Hero sees him coming and jumps in bed to hide.

O shun me not, but hear me ere you go. Christopher “Kit” Marlowe baptised 26 February was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Jewels being lost are found again, this never; ’tis lost but leabder and once lost, lost forever.

And every kiss to her was as a charm, And to Leander as a fresh alarm, So that the truce was broke and she, alas, Poor silly maiden at his mercy was. I love how each god’s pursuing Leander seems to imbue Leander with some force of that god, like how after Leander returns to Hero from Neptune he brings the sea into her room and at the end she’s a mermaid with her sheet wr So beautiful images!

It’s a pretty entertaining read, though. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. She, fearing on the rushes to be flung, Strived christpher redoubled strength; the more she strived The more a gentle pleasing heat revived, Which taught him all that elder lovers know.


Albeit Leander rude in love and raw, Long dallying with Hero, nothing saw That might delight him more, yet he suspected Some amorous rites or other were neglected. Ay me, such words as these should I abhor And yet I like them for the orator. Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: Apr 02, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: And I in duty will excel all other, As thou in beauty dost exceed Love’s mother.

The poem is about a classical story, which is always great for a classics nerd like me.

Hero and Leander

Nor could the youth abstain, but he must wear The sacred ring wherewith she was endowed When first religious chastity she vowed. Jun 15, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: There is some Elizabethan misogyny and Petrarchan objectification, but Marlowe subverts expectations by exploring bodily, erotic love. Don’t hold your breathe, though.

From the Second Sestyad of Hero and Leander Even as a bird, which in our hands we wring, Forth plungeth, and oft flutters with her wing, She trembling strove; this strife of hers, like that Which made the world, another world begat Of unknown joy. I didn’t care for it. But there’s more to Hero a What a strange leandeg.

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I enjoy poetry a lot, and Marlowe did a wonderful job at oeander re-telling of a classical myth. Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation methods and addresses. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Nov 14, Connie rated it really liked it. They ajd what he craved, and once again Saturn and Ops began their golden reign. Do not copy, her, perform, distribute or redistribute this electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.


View all 37 comments. Creating the works from public domain print editions means that no one owns a United States copyright in these works, so the Foundation and you! I felt like it was encouraging the concept of rape, and completely dismissed Hero’s desire to uphold her virginity.

Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe

Ay, and she wished, albeit not from her heart That he would leave her turret and depart. Marlowe’s unfinished masterpiece, as completed by George Chapman This would be rated PG today!

There are gorgeous descriptive passages. General Information About Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works. For here the stately azure palace stood Where kingly Neptune and his train abode.

His body was as straight as Circe’s wand; Jove might have sipped out nectar from his hand. O, what god would not therewith be appeased? Much less can honour be ascribed thereto; Honour is purchased by the deeds we do. And one especially do we affect Of two gold ingots like in each respect. Why vowest thou then to live in Sestos here Who on Love’s seas more glorious wouldst appear?

Poem of the week: Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe

Marlowe’s narrative ends with the erotic triumphs depicted below. For every street like to a firmament Glistered with breathing stars who, where they went, Frighted the melancholy earth which deemed Eternal heaven to burn, for so it seemed, As if another Phaeton had got The guidance of the sun’s rich chariot.

Languages Italiano Latina Edit links. Therefore unto him hastily she goes And, like light Salmacis, her body throws Upon his bosom where with yielding eyes She offers up herself a sacrifice To slake his anger if he were displeased.