Further reading

Brown, Georgia E. "Marlowe's Poems and Classicism." In The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe, edited by Patrick Cheney, 106-126. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Cheney, Patrick, and Brian J. Striar. The Collected Poems of Christopher Marlowe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Eorsythe, R. S. "'The Passionate Shepherd' and English

Poetry." PMLA 40 (1925): 693-742. Kinney, Arthur E. "Reading Marlowe's Lyric." In Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry, edited by Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott, 220-225. New York: MLA, 2000.

Sternfeld, Frederick W., and Mary Joiner Chan. "Come Live with Me and Be My Love." Comparative Literature 22 (1970): 173-187.

Bruce E. Brandt

PASSUS Most commonly associated with William Langland's medieval dream vision Piers Plowman, the passus is a portion of or a division within a literary work. Passus comes from the Latin word of the same spelling, meaning "step" or "pace." The use of the term in English literature first appeared in conjunction with Langland's work, and it is similar in style to that of the canto (a major division in a long poem), which enjoys a wider usage among early English poets.

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