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J. B Lethbridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079627

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.001.0001

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Introduction: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations

Introduction: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations

(p.1) Introduction: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations
Shakespeare and Spenser

J. B. Lethbridge

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the influence Edmund Spenser had on William Shakespeare, showing how Shakespeare read Spenser and addressing the question of the relations between the them. It explores some distinctions between borrowing and allusion, and also clarifies the definition of the term ‘influence’, furthermore examining the poetry of Spenser and Christopher Marlowe, and identifying the differences between them. The chapter also looks at some of Marlowe's obvious and popular linguistic borrowings, as well as several of Shakespeare's more subtle ones, from Spenser's The Faerie Queene.

Keywords:   Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, linguistic borrowing, allusion, influence, poetry, Faerie Queene

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