Hero And Leander

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Christopher Marlowe was a 16th century English playwright. He was the leading Elizabethan tragedian before Shakespeare. His works are known for their overreaching protagonists and his use of blank verse. Little is known about Marlowe's life, but there is much speculation about his possibly being a spy, homosexual, a heretic, magician and atheist. Hero and Leander is a Greek myth in which Hero is a priestess of Aphrodite who dwelt in a tower in Sestos. Leander is a young man who lives on the other side of the ...
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Hero and Leander

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Overview

Christopher Marlowe was a 16th century English playwright. He was the leading Elizabethan tragedian before Shakespeare. His works are known for their overreaching protagonists and his use of blank verse. Little is known about Marlowe's life, but there is much speculation about his possibly being a spy, homosexual, a heretic, magician and atheist. Hero and Leander is a Greek myth in which Hero is a priestess of Aphrodite who dwelt in a tower in Sestos. Leander is a young man who lives on the other side of the strait. Leander fell in love with Hero and would swim every night across the Hellespont to be with her. Hero would light a lamp at the top of her tower to guide his way. One night a storm blew out the light and Leander drowned. Hero was so distraught that she threw herself off of the tower.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217483599
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 20
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.04 (d)

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of Leander to the encions light Resigns his night-sports with the night, And swims the Hellespont again. Thesnte the deity socereign Of customs and religions rites Appears, reprocing his delights, Since nuptial hononrs he neglected; Which straight he cows shall be effected. Fair Hero, left decirginate, Weighs, and with fury wails her state .' Rut with her loce and woman wit She argues, and approceth it. HERO AND LEANDER. THE THIRD SESTYAD. New light gives new directions, fortunes new, To fashion our endeavours that ensue. More harsh, at least more hard, more grave and high Our subject runs, and our stern Muse must fly. Love's edge is taken off, and that light flame, Those thoughts, joys, longings, that before became High unexpcrienc'd blood, and maids' sharp plights, Must now grow staid, and censure the delights, That being enjoy'd ask judgment; now we praise, As having parted: evenings crown the days. And now, ye wanton Loves, and young Desires, Pied Vanity, the mint of strange attires! Ye lisping Flatteries, and obsequious Glances, Relcntful Musics, and attractive Dances! And you detested Charms constraining love ! Shun Love's stol'n sports by that these lovers prove. By this the Sovereign of Heaven's golden fires, And young Leander, lord of his desires, Together from th'eir lovers' arms arose : Leander into Hellespontus throws His Hero-handled body, whose delight Made him disdain each other epithite. And as amidst th' enamour'd waves he swims, The god of gold of purpose gilt his limbs, That this word gilt", including donble sense, The double guilt of his incontinence Might be express'd, that had no stay t' employ The treasure which the love-god let him joy In his dearHero, with such sacred thrift, As had bcscem'd so sanctified a gift: But, like a gre...
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