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Introduction: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations

J. B. Lethbridge

in Shakespeare and Spenser

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780719079627
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0001
Introduction: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations

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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

Chapter.  25579 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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