Hero and leander

Hero and leander

Christopher Marlowe, a child of the sixteenth century. He wrote the poem Hero and leander. Time to dive into his life and share this poem with you.

About the poet

Christopher Marlowe was born on February 26 1564 in Canterbury. He was the son of John Marlowe and Katherine Marlowe. He succeeded to get into Cambridge on a scholarship. After graduating he moved to London, where he would join the Lord Admiral’s Company and started writing plays.

There isn’t much to say about his life. Mostly guessing about what he did and who he was friends with. He supposedly was friends with Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Kyd and Thomas Harriot. During his life he was accused of atheism, a considerable crime at the time he lived. He was killed during an uprise when he was to be arrested. Some say that he was caught up in a fight while he was intoxicated. There is a good possibility that the dagger that he was stabbed with was his own dagger and it was an accident that lead himself to stab him in the eye. According to the official statements, he died instantly.

Hero and leander

By Christopher Marlowe

Hero and leander

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is over-rul’d by fate.
hen two are stript long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should lose, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice,
What we behold is censur’d by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever lov’d, that lov’d not at first sight.

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