On this day, playwright Christopher Marlowe was born, supposedly. Born February 6, 1564 and without a doubt baptized on February 26, 1564. He was a renowned playwright ad poet of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was a major influence to William Shakespeare (born two months after Marlowe). And other generations of writers.
Dr. Faustus, was his greatest work (and one I must read someday). Which was also used as a bit of poking fun in the movie Shakespeare in Love (loved that movie).
As well as being a poet and playwright, Christopher Marlowe was also rumored to be a spy. He’d later died at the early age of 29 on May 30, 1593.
Happy Birthday Christopher Marlowe! And to celebrate, here’s a reading of his poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” You can read the full poem on Poets.org.
Who do you think was the better playwright and poet, Marlowe or Shakespeare? Read any of Marlowe’s works? Have a favorite poem or play? Why?