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The Rape of Lucrece Joe Supan Wikipedia.org
Background Written in 1594 Narrative poem resembling a tragedy 1,855 lines Set in Rome Wikipedia.org
Setup In the mid-sixth century B.C., a group of soldiers are camping at a recently besieged town. One officer (Tarquin) hears of a beautiful wife (Lucrece) of another soldier, and becomes obsessed with her Wikipedia.org
“This earthly saint, adored by this devil Little suspecteth the false worshipper; For unstain'd thoughts do seldom dream on evil.” (85-87)
"Mine enemy was strong, my poor self weak, And far the weaker with so strong a fear" -Lucrece cellule75.blogspot.com
Psychological Effects O Night, thou furnace of foul-reeking smoke, Let not the jealous Day behold that face Which underneath thy black all-hiding cloak Immodestly lies martyr'd with disgrace!" ( ) -Lucrece
Revenge “But ere I name him, you fair lords,” quoth she, Speaking to those that came with Collatine, “Shall plight your honourable faiths to me, With swift pursuit to venge this wrong of mine; For 'tis a meritorious fair design To chase injustice with revengeful arms: Knights, by their oaths, should right poor ladies' harms.”
Suicide Even here she sheathed in her harmless breast A harmful knife, that thence her soul unsheath’d: That blow did bail it from the deep unrest Of that polluted prison where it breath’d; Her contrite sighs unto the clouds bequeath’d Her winged sprite, and through her wounds doth fly Life’s lasting date from cancell’d destiny.
“By this bloody knife we will revenge the death of this true wife!” ( )
Works Cited "The Rape of Lucrece." Project Gutenberg. 27 May Cummings, Michael J. "The Rape of Lucrece: A Study Guide." Cummings Study Guides. 27 May "Rape of Lucrece." University of Oregon. 27 May 2009.