Tamburlaine

EPUB EBook by Christopher Marlowe

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It’s hard not to get swept up in the military triumphalism of this heroic epic, particularly Part One. Tamburlaine EPUB EBook Tamburlaine the shepherd uses his wit and audacious ambition to rise to emperor, smashing the existing order and tearing down the nobility in the process.

As with all his plays, Marlowe skirts the border of revolutionary unorthodoxy. A commoner rising up to be king – that was a dangerous theme in days of the tyrannical monarchy. And this play takes glee in the destruction of the nobility and the recognition of one for his or her own merits (however cruel and diabolical they are).

Part One is one of greatest plays and greatest pieces of literature in the English language. It’s a book I will re- EPUBread as long as I live. And the language, although bombastic in places, is beautiful. Marlowe is one of the few authors to compete with Shakespeare in the skill and beauty of his figurative language.

“What is beauty, saith my sufferings, then?
If all the pens that ever poets held
Had fed the feeling of their masters' thoughts,
And every sweetness that inspir'd their hearts,
Their minds, and muses on admired themes; download;
If all the heavenly quintessence they still
From their immortal flowers of poesy,
Wherein, as in a mirror, we perceive
The highest reaches of a human wit;
If these had made one poem's period,
And all combin'd in beauty's worthiness,
Yet should their hover in their restless heads
One thought, one grace, one wonder, at the least,
Which into words no virtue can digest.” (Part 1, Act V, Sc. 1)


I highly recommend Part One to anyone who enjoys Shakespeare and rich, figurative language. It is a tour de force that is hard to put down.
Like this book? Read online this: Figurative Thinking and Foreign Language Learning, Socialist History Journal Issue 16.

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