Christopher Marlowe World Literature Analysis - Essay

Christopher Marlowe World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Marlowe is often called the father of English tragedy because Tamburlaine the Great was the first tragedy to combine a grand concept, a strong central character capable of carrying the action of the play, and suitably heightened verse style. The extent of the revolution in drama that Marlowe initiated cannot be understood without considering his contribution to English verse. The poetry of Tamburlaine the Great was a kind never before heard on the English stage, with passages of exultant magnificence and lyrical sweetness. Its power was attributable largely to Marlowe’s discovery of true blank verse style. Previous dramatists had experimented with an unrhymed decasyllabic line with five iambic feet (each foot...

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