Christopher Marlowe: On The Death of Sir Roger Manwood

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Christopher Marlowe’s only original Latin poem, the lament On the Death of Sir Roger Manwood, has suffered much critical neglect, but remains a significant component of the Marlowe canon. The twelve-line verse of Latin hexameters poses many challenges to interpretation. It was written as an epitaph for the Kentish nobleman Sir Roger Manwood (1525-1592), but does not appear on his “marble sepulchre” in St. Stephen’s churchyard. The poem was discovered by J.P. Collier in the nineteenth-century, in a common-place book (now Folger MS. 750.1) which was owned by another Kentish gentleman, Henry Oxinden. Manwood’s relationship to Marlowe is unknown, the circumstances in which the poem was …

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O'Halloran, Meadhbh . "On The Death of Sir Roger Manwood". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 April 2014
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