Hero And Leander Poem by Christopher Marlowe

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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
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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Joseph Poewhit 21 January 2010

The first line caught my eye. In life one should strive to forgive as JESUS taught. Then in ECCL: 3 there is a time of love and hate. Seems the inner person has to contend with these sudden emotions and learn control. A maturing process of the soul and mind.

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Ramesh T A 21 January 2010

Indeed whatever things happen in life seems to be the work of fate! Love at first sight is surely one such act in life nobody can deny! Success and failure also depend upon Fate!

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Kevin Straw 21 January 2010

Another poorly presented poem. Does no one check these poems? Apart from the spelling mistake, the poem is an excerpt from the great poem Hero and Leander, not the poem itself as this title suggests. “It lies not in our power to love or hate…” – but it lies in our power to control that love or hate.

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Faith Elizabeth Brigham 21 January 2006

This is writing at its best! Nothing beats a great love poem! There is much to appreciate in this fine piece. It flowed nicely, the delivery was powerful and there was much wisdom in it.

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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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