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Companion to Lucrece
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0890  Tuesday, 10 October 2006

[1] 	From: 	Bruce Young <
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	Date: 	Monday, 9 Oct 2006 10:54:33 -0600
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0893 Companion to Lucrece

[2] 	From: 	Tom Bishop <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 10 Oct 2006 11:52:12 +1300
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0893 Companion to Lucrece


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From: 		Bruce Young <
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Date: 		Monday, 9 Oct 2006 10:54:33 -0600
Subject: 17.0893 Companion to Lucrece
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0893 Companion to Lucrece

I once took a class from Elizabeth Donno in which we read Renaissance 
epyllia, of which "Venus and Adonis" and "Hero and Leander" are two 
notable examples.  I'm not sure whether "The Rape of Lucrece" counts as 
an epyllion or something else (a complaint?).  But for what it's worth 
I'll list some of the epyllia I'm aware of--though I don't remember much 
of their content.  Maybe someone else can remember which, if any, 
include a complaint or suicide or which otherwise might count as a 
"graver labor" pleasing "the wiser sort" (quoting Gabriel Harvey on "The 
Rape of Lucrece").

Some titles: Drayton, Endymion and Phoebe; Daniel, The Complaint of 
Rosamond; Thomas Lodge, Scylla's Metamorphosis; John Marston, The 
Metamorphosis of Pygmalion's Image; Champman, Ovid's Banquet of Sense 
(and completion of Hero and Leander); Thomas Heywood, Oenone and Paris; 
Thomas Edwards, Cephalus and Procris; Narcissus; Richard Barnfield, 
Cassandra; John Weever, Faunus and Melliflora; Francis Beaumont, 
Salmacis and Hermaphroditus; James Shirley, Narcissus; Abraham Cowley, 
Pyramus and Thisbe.

My guess is that Daniel's "The Complaint of Rosamond" might be a good 
companion to "The Rape of Lucrece."  Robert Ellrodt says that, "like 
Daniel's earlier Complaint of Rosamond, The Rape of Lucrece (1594) is a 
historical narrative 'tragedie' whose ancestry can be traced to the 
Myrroure for Magistrates (1559)" and suggests that Shakespeare may have 
used Daniel's poem as a model.  (See 
http://www.fathom.com/course/28701905/session4.html.)

I hope this helps.

Bruce Young

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From: 		Tom Bishop <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 10 Oct 2006 11:52:12 +1300
Subject: 17.0893 Companion to Lucrece
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0893 Companion to Lucrece

How about Middleton's "The Ghost of Lucrece" (1600)?

T

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