Christopher Marlowe lived from 1564
, which puts him of an age with old Bill. Marlowe died of stab wounds in a bar brawl, the details of which are unfortunately not clear. Writers were men
in those days! Thank God I missed it.
Marlowe wrote The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
in blank verse
(unrhymed iambic pentameter
) with occasional prose intrusions, frequently in the mouths of lower-class comic relief characters
. The blank verse
-with-sporadic-prose thing is pretty much an invariant feature of Elizabethan
drama. It's worth noting that Marlowe's verse is a bit ragged compared to Shakespeare
was largely based (at times, apparently, to the point of plagiarism
) on Thomas Kyd
's The Spanish Tragedy
. By chance, Kyd and Marlowe were friends.
is entirely unrelated.
The first version of my writeup had Christopher Marlowe's first name, wrongly, as "Thomas". Words like "idiotic" come to mind. I was probably thinking about Thomas Kyd and got confused. Thanks to themusic for pointing this out -- and for doing it in his usual tactful and considerate way, which I'd do well to emulate.
...and thanks to mcSey
for noticing some time later that I had Marlowe dying in 1693
, which would make him not quite 160 years of age. Yeah! And, and, and he smoked