Fall 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 2009 |

Reading Marlowe Again

The Collected Poems of Christopher Marlowe. Patrick Cheney and Brian J. Striar, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 302 pp. $39.95, paperback.               The shepherd's still waiting for an answer, if you're curious. If you haven't checked in a while, Christopher Marlowe's exquisite little Elizabethan poem, "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love," continues to occupy its tiny pasture of white paper, although for many poetry readers it may stand mainly as a dusty memory from an English lit survey long ago. He's still repeating his appeal—"Come live with me and be my love"—awaiting his answer, or a poem in return. Marlowe's Renaissance contemporaries, Walter Ralegh and John Donne, both wrote saucy verse replies, but their answers were not exactly the desired ones, at least from the shepherd's perspective, expressed so urgently and with such longing. Better to settle for a simple note, perhaps with boxes to be checked "yes" or "no"—even t

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Brett Foster was the author of two poetry collections, The Garbage Eater (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern UP, 2011) and Fall Run Road, which was awarded the Open Chapbook Prize. His writing appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, IMAGE, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Raritan, Seattle Review, Southwest Review, and Yale Review.

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