Other Literary Forms
In addition to his plays, John Ford published two long poems and three prose pamphlets. Fame’s Memorial: Or, The Earl of Devonshire Deceased (1606) is an elegy praising Charles Blount, who had married Penelope Devereux (on whom Sir Philip Sidney based his Stella) after her divorce from Lord Rich. Christ’s Bloody Sweat: Or, The Son of God in His Agony (1613) is a religious poem on the efficacy of repentance. Honor Triumphant: Or, The Peer’s Challenge (1606) argues four propositions in mock style; The Golden Mean (1613) praises Stoicism; and A Line of Life (1620) describes the Stoic conduct of a man, a public man, and a good man.