Hero and Leander: A Poem (1821)
Hero and Leander is a narrative poem written by Christopher Marlowe in 1593. The poem tells the story of two lovers, Hero and Leander, who live on opposite sides of the Hellespont, a narrow strait in Turkey. Despite the distance between them, the two fall deeply in love and begin a secret romance, meeting each other at night by the light of a lamp. However, their happiness is short-lived when a storm separates them and Leander drowns in the sea.Marlowe's poem is known for its vivid descriptions of the lovers' emotions and the natural world around them. The poem is divided into two parts, with the first part focusing on the initial stages of the lovers' relationship and the second part detailing the tragic end of their romance. The 1821 edition of the poem, edited by Henry Neele, includes an introduction and notes on the text. The introduction provides context for the poem and its author, while the notes offer explanations of obscure words and references. The edition also includes illustrations by Richard Westall, which depict scenes from the poem. Overall, Hero and Leander is a classic work of English literature that explores themes of love, passion, and tragedy.This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the old original and may contain some imperfections such as library marks and notations. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions, that are true to their original work.