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Hero And Leander: The First Sestiad

Rating: 2.8

On Hellespont, guilty of true-love's blood,
In view and opposite two cities stood,
Sea-borderers, disjoined by Neptune's might;
The one Abydos, the other Sestos hight.
At Sestos Hero dwelt; Hero the fair,
Whom young Apollo courted for her hair,
And offered as a dower his burning throne,
Where she should sit for men to gaze upon.
The outside of her garments were of lawn,
The lining purple silk, with gilt stars drawn;

Her wide sleeves green, and bordered with a grove,
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Alexander Opicho 26 March 2014

matchless strength in usage of poetic language

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Kevin Straw 26 March 2010

Clunky rhythm. A bit of a shopping list at times.

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Ramesh T A 26 March 2010

A beautiful classic poem by master Marlowe is indeed deeply meaningful about the source of love - whoever loves loves not at first sight? It is an immortal question he puts and finishes the piece for the time being! An immortal poem to read!

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Cecilia Nicoletti 27 March 2007

Yes, this is a heavy staff.It seems Epic. Some may consider Iliad and Odisea almost boring.Cant find any reason to be reading such a endlessly narration about little battles, unlucky heroes, cokmplaining mothers and Gods-games. It takes a litltle time to get the taste and it takes even longer to be really engaged to the lecture. I like Homero.And this is almost Homerian Poetry, if I am alouded to say. Can be difficult to keep attention and read it carefully but when you do, you wont regret...

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As Francis Drake once Said\ROund thy waist I'll build a Kirtle. Makes one realiz that the Great Men and Poets read each other and learn therefrom. Try to find Marlowe's 'Passionate Shepherd to his Love' and the Satirical response of Sir Francis Drake.WQorth the effort H/A

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