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Christopher Marlowe's Poems Lesson Plan

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe's Poems

While known more for his plays than his poetry, Christopher Marlowe wrote notable poems and translated several classical works. He translated poems of Ovid and Lucan from first century classical literature: Amores and Pharsalia. Ovid’s Amores is a three-book collection of poems termed elegies, sentimental reflections or laments written to honor the dead. Yet, elegia in Latin refers to any poem written in a certain kind of meter. Ovid’s personal lyrics were formal sections of elegiac couplets detailing the romance between Corinna and a wealthy Roman. Ovid’s first book of poetry employs the first person to directly narrate in elegiac couplets. Pharsalia tells the story of the Civil War...

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