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Sea-MarkThe Metaphorical Voyage, Spenser to Milton$
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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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—Marlowe

—Marlowe

‘Ransacke the Ocean for orient pearle’

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(p.51) Chapter Two—Marlowe
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Sea-Mark
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317415.004

Christopher Marlowe makes very little use of the traditional tropes of the sea in his plays The Jew of Malta, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Hero and Leander, Tamburlaine, Dr Faustus, and Edward II. The characteristic Marlovian note is in evocation rather than simile or metaphor. Here the voyage is the image of desire, but also an image of separation. According to Stephen Greenblatt, the heroes of Marlowe's plays are forever engaged in temporary expedients to create meaning in a meaningless world, relying on ‘a network of fictions’ to reconstitute themselves and their world.

Keywords:   Christopher Marlowe, sea, voyage, metaphor, plays, The Jew of Malta, Hero and Leander, Edward II, desire, separation

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