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Assigned: "Hero and Leander" (Vol. B, 1108-26); "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" (1126).

"Hero and Leander"

1. In "Hero and Leander," how does the narrator establish distance from the story told? What results from this distance for you as a reader?

2. What is the relationship in "Hero and Leander" between the gods' amorous affairs and the affair of the two lovers themselves? Consider both the set-piece references to the gods and their interaction with the two lovers in the poem.

3. What view of love emerges from "Hero and Leander"? Is the focus on idealism, eroticism, or both? Explain.

4. Compare the handling of sexual love in "Hero and Leander" with Edmund Spenser's treatment of sexuality in "Epithalamion" (Vol. B, 990-99).

Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and Sir Walter Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd"

5. Judge for yourself: whose argument wins between Marlowe's poem and Ralegh's on 917-18? Why?

6. Try writing your own reply to Marlowe's poem, or a counter-reply to Ralegh's rebuttal.

Greenblatt, Stephen et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2006. Package 1 (Vols. ABC) ISBN 0-393-92833-0.


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