‘Threatening the World with High Astounding Terms’
The verse accomplishments of Tamburlaine are notably two: Marlowe gets into blank verse the melody of Spenser, and he gets a new driving power by reinforcing the sentence period against the line period. The rapid long sentence, running line into line, as in the famous soliloquies ‘Nature compounded of four elements’ and ‘What is beauty, saith my sufferings, then?’ marks the certain escape of blank verse from the rhymed couplet, and from the elegiac or rather pastoral note of Surrey, to which Tennyson returned.
(Elizabethn Dramatists, London, 1963, p. 62)
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