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Hero And Leander - Poem by John Donne

Both robb'd of air, we both lie in one ground ;
Both whom one fire had burnt, one water drown'd


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  • Rookie LakshmiNarasimhaiah. N C.Nandihalli (5/31/2015 8:06:00 AM)

    Every reader may be transfixed to the thought of the end of life is seen in response to the involvement of nature. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 26,276 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (5/2/2015 7:54:00 PM)

    In death, we are all together
    Why then labour for unity here

    A very insightful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 86,426 Points Terry Craddock (5/2/2015 4:55:00 PM)

    Hi Kim, easy to answer your question, both questions. Having studied classics and literature with love and passion, this loves are siren calls to me. To quote both sources, 'Hero and Leander is the Greek myth relating the story of Hero (Ancient Greek: Ἡρώ, Hērṓ; pron. like hero in English) , a priestess of Aphrodite who dwelt in a tower in Sestos on the European side of the Hellespont (today's Dardanelles) , and Leander (Ancient Greek: Λέανδρος, Léandros) , a young man from Abydos on the opposite side of the strait. Leander fell in love with Hero and would swim every night across the Hellespont to be with her. Hero would light a lamp at the top of her tower to guide his way.

    Succumbing to Leander's soft words and to his argument that Venus, as the goddess of love, would scorn the worship of a virgin, Hero allowed him to make love to her. These trysts lasted through the warm summer. But one stormy winter night, the waves tossed Leander in the sea and the breezes blew out Hero's light; Leander lost his way and was drowned. When Hero saw his dead body, she threw herself over the edge of the tower to her death to be with him.'
    'Hero and Leander is a poem by Christopher Marlowe that retells the Greek myth of Hero and Leander. After Marlowe's untimely death it was completed by George Chapman. The minor poet Henry Petowe published an alternative completion to the poem. The poem was first published posthumously, five years after Marlowe's demise.' The poem I am familiar with is the 'Hero and Leander' by Christopher Marlowe, but completed by George Chapman after the wonderfully gifted poet Marlowe was stabbed to death. I think Donne is lamenting the death of Hero, Leander and the poet Marlowe who was a great influence upon William Shakespeare. Marlowe reminds me so much of Johnny Deep, charismatic, endearing in indifference. Donne also is brilliant, mystic, fascinating, thus by associations, webs of connections powerfully increase the meaning of these two brief lines for me. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hero

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  3. 3. Hero And Leander , Christopher Marlowe
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