Day 4

Christopher Marlowe's Poems Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is an elegy?

    An elegy is a song that mourns for some one or thing. Yet, Marlowe references the Elegiac Muse of love, making the word elegy apply as a love poem, not just a dirge.

  2. 2

    What is the epic convention?

    Most epic poems share traits, called conventions. These common characteristics include

    beginning in the middle of things (In medias res)

    invoking the muse

    stating a theme

    adding epithets or representative names for a character

    cataloguing or listing

    making long, formal speeches

    experiencing or calling for divine intervention, or the help of the gods

    digressing form the story to reinforce a point

    creating a setting that is large...

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