Hero and Leander (poem) | Critical Essay by Erich Segal

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Hero and Leander (poem).
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Critical Essay by Erich Segal

SOURCE: Segal, Erich. “Hero and Leander: Góngora and Marlowe.” Comparative Literature 15, no. 4 (fall 1963): 338-56.

In the following essay, Segal contrasts Marlowe's and Luis de Góngora y Argote's versions of the Hero and Leander story.

That contemporaries like Góngora and Marlowe should have chosen the same classical myth is hardly a remarkable literary phenomenon.1 What is interesting about their versions of the Hero and Leander story is that, while their approaches are similar, they stand diametrically opposed to all previous treatments of the legend. Both poets have made mock heroic a tale hitherto treated only with high seriousness, casting an unsentimental eye on what was traditionally the tenderest of love stories. In their cynical interpretations, Marlowe and Góngora employ similar images, make similar mythological allusions...

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