Marlowe and Blank Verse

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Christopher Marlowe’s Blank Verse : 

Christopher Marlowe’s Blank Verse

Marlowe’s Blank Verse : 

Marlowe’s Blank Verse Christopher Marlowe gave Elizabethan theatre the gift of blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter). His verse was poetic, expressive, powerful and revolutionary.

Marlowe’s Blank Verse : 

Marlowe’s Blank Verse Compare his verse to that of one of his contemporaries, Thomas Preston.

Preston’s Verse: : 

For Cupid he, that eyeless boy, my heart hath so enflamedWith beauty, you me to content the like cannot be named;For since I entered in this place and on you fixed mine eyes,Most burning fits about my heart in ample wise did rise.The heat of them such force doth yield, my corpse they scorch, alas!And burns the same with wasting heat as Titan doth the grass.And sith this heat is kindled so and fresh in heart of me,There is no way but of the same the quencher you much be. - from Cambyses, King of Persia, 1560 Preston’s Verse:

Marlowe’s Blank Verse : 

Marlowe’s Blank Verse Was this the face that launched a thousand ships,And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss:Her lips suck forth my soul, see where it flies!Come Helen, come, give me my soul again.Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips,And all is dross that is not Helena! -from Dr. Faustus, 1592

Marlowe’s Blank Verse : 

Marlowe’s Blank Verse What are both excepts expressing? Identify the rhyme scheme in Preston’s. Identify the meter in Marlowe’s. Which one do you prefer? Why? Which passage seems clumsier or awkward? more intense? more artificial? What other differences do you see?

Marlowe’s Blank Verse : 

Marlowe’s Blank Verse Norton’s Anthology of English Literature http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/16century/topic_1/welcome.htm

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