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Reacting to the Past: Marlowe and Shakespeare: Home

Shakespearean Insults

Playwrights understood the power of the English language, both to inspire and offend. 

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Shakespeare Today

Present-day British actor Benedict Cumberbatch demonstrates the unchanging power of Shakespeare's words centuries after their writing. 

The Jedi Doth Return

Shakespeare remains a pop-culture icon. Recently, author Ian Doescher translated the entirety of the original Star Wars trilogy into Elizabethan English. (Image by Huffington Post)

The Globe Theater Reborn

While the original stage that hosted Shakespeare's plays burnt down long ago, a functioning replica of the Globe Theater was constructed and still hosts shows every day. (Image by Wikimedia Commons)

The Playwrights--Who will reign supreme?

Learn more about Marlowe and Shakespeare 

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How to Write a Sonnet

Marlowe and Shakespeare weren't just talented playwrights; they were also skilled poets. Both writers favored the sonnet, a type of poem written in iambic pentameter. The sonnet might seem complex at first glance, but with a little practice, anyone can learn the pattern it follows and write poetry of their own! (image by Wikimedia Commons)

A Different Perspective on Shakespeare and Marlowe

Library Work Study

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Lisa McCormick, MLS
Logan Library, Room 122

Further Reading

Shakespeare's Life and Times

Marlowe's Devilish Masterpiece

One of Marlowe's best-known works is his theatrical adaptation of Dr. Faust's (or Faustus's) tale. In the play, the doctor sells his soul to a devil for earthly power. Read it here for free! (Image by Wikimedia Commons)