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Hero And Leander

Rating: 3.4
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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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 January 2018
FOUR: A true and pure love poem, I like very much, but it seemed CM hid himself in his poems. A thought-provoking poem and very well worded, after all he got his Masters' degree and
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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 January 2018
THREE: Such a life he needed not to be involved with, but that is CM his own being! Could be a person be gay by birth? Or had he done his choice? . This part of him I dislike.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 January 2018
TWO: the content is oft fully worded, archaic for now, but ordinary language in his period. I like CM's poems very much, the longer we read, the more meaning they get. His life is a very tragic one.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 January 2018
ONE: This part belongs to two other parts: the first and yhe second sestiad, and these three poems must be read altogether. Thank you for publishing Christopher Marlowe's poems, except archaic words,
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Edward Kofi Louis 03 July 2017
In each respect! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Seamus O Brian 03 July 2017
This being merely a stanza of the original, it would be amiss to comment upon this portion out of context with the remaining work. Marlowe carefully, deliberately establishes the characters of both Hero and Leander in the preceding passages herein omitted, and even the particulars of the scene of their meeting, which to me decapitates the apparent theme of this stanza- the domination of fate over chance and even choice- from the preceding body of work. Certainly this is the most recognized portion of the work, but the final two lines, plucked like the two ripest grapes from the vine, do not quite satisfy the same as if they were encountered in the process of enjoying the entire branch of fruit upon which they were discovered.
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Rajnish Manga 03 July 2017
May be, it is a part of the larger poem. But to me, the poet reflects his knowledge of human nature in love or in hate. Thanks a lot. What we behold is censur'd by our eyes. Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 03 July 2017
Such a nice poem..... Thanks for posting...
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Da One 16 October 2015
This poem reminds me of war, and I personally feel offended. Look inbetween the lines, people! It's all about a male-dominated society! LINE 1 states, it is not in our power to love and hate, showing that females are the ones that love and males are the ones that hate. MARLOWE pushes the boundary by doing this in the WRONG WAY! ! @! ! Living in a male-dominated society is WRONG, and MARLOWE IS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG by writing this poem. The 19th amendemtn let women vote, therefore this poem is invalid in every way. 0.5/10.0
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* Sunprincess * 30 August 2015
......brilliantly penned...and so true ?
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