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Christopher Marlowe’s lengthy narrative work “Hero and Leander” (c. 1593) is a mythological erotic poem that tells the story of two tragic lovers. It can be found in Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Poems, published in 2000 by Everyman.
Sir Walter Raleigh’s poem “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” (c. 1592), which is a response to Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” can be found in The Poems of Sir Walter Raleigh (1951), as well as in numerous anthologies and on many online sites.
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, written about 8 a.d., is an epic that contains a story of the creation of the world and links together many early myths and legends. Filled with stories of gods, goddesses, and mere mortals, Metamorphoses is often described as one of the most beautifully written texts in existence. It was also a source for many writers who followed, including Marlowe and Shakespeare.
Andrew Marvell’s poem “To His Coy Mistress” (1681) appears in Andrew Marvell, published in 1990 by Oxford.
William Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597) contains a mangled recitation of Marlowe’s poem by a Welsh parson, Sir Hugh Evans. The Arden Third Series edition, published in 1999, contains a comprehensive selection of notes that will aid any reader not familiar with Shakespeare’s texts.
Diane Ackerman’s poem “A Fine, A Private Place” is a modern seduction poem. It can be found in her collection Jaguar of Sweet Laughter (1991). As a sequel to Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” Ackerman’s poem brings the poetic tradition begun by Marlowe into the twentieth century. Ackerman’s poem is available in several anthologies, including The Bedford Introduction to Literature.
Dr. Faustus (c. 1589) is Marlowe’s best known and most frequently performed play. This play focuses on a doctor who sells his soul to the devil in an attempt to learn all the knowledge known to man.
A Dead Man in Deptford (1996), by Anthony Burgess, is a fictionalized account of Marlowe’s life that emphasizes the dramatic events, including the accusations of murder and espionage that circulated while Marlowe was still alive. Burgess also explores the rumors of assassination and political intrigue that surrounded Marlowe’s death.