John Lyly: Endymion

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Presented before Queen Elizabeth I on Candlemas Day (February 2nd) 1588, Endymion (published 1591) has much in common with Lyly's three earlier comedies, Campaspe, Sapho and Phao and Gallathea, also written for performance at court. As in the previous plays, the concern of the central action is an unattainable love, which initiates the exploration of a number of interrelated debate motifs (e.g. the conflicting claims of love and friendship / chastity and love). The play was designed, like its predecessors, for performance by a company of boys (in this instance the Children of St. Paul's), and exploits the youths' training as choristers and slightness of build through the inclusion of songs and a preponderance …

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Scragg, Leah. "Endymion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
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