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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love


by Christopher Marlowe

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

A 1995 version of Shakespeare's Richard III (set in an alternative fascist England) "covered" Marlowe's poem and turned it into a swanky nightclub tune.

Christopher Marlowe was a member of Corpus Christi College, at Cambridge University. Apparently while he was there he made quite a reputation for himself. One contemporary said of him, "Pity it is that wit so ill should dwell, / Wit lent from heaven, but vices sent from hell." (Source.)

Marlowe's one-time roomie was another famous Renaissance dramatist, Thomas Kyd. When Kyd was arrested and put in the Tower of London for "seditious notices" found in his apartment, he blamed Marlowe for writing them. These accusations of heresy would eventually kinda-sorta-maybe lead to Marlowe's sticky demise. (Source)

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