"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe is an invitation to a happy marriage life, while on the other hand, Sir Walter Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is answer to the proposal given. Although both poems refer to some of the same settings and beautiful images, both poems have very different tones. Starting with “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” the audience will notice how giddy the speakers tone is, he comes off as a hopeless romantic. The shepherd is very much in love with the beautiful nymph, which portrays a romantic theme. His theme plays upon a hopeful spring time love with the nymph.
The reader of “Song”, however, feels only sadness and perhaps longing for a world of greater possibilities than the grim one the speaker describes in the poem. The speaker of “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” shines yet another light on the general plot of the poems. In this poem, we see a possible reply of the woman to the original “Passionate Shepherd” in the Christopher Marlowe poem. Unimpressed by the shepherds extravagant promises, she practically answers that such material things will fade and the only things valuable are the passionate and pure feelings of love in youth. If her shepherd could make these last, she might be moved to be his love.
While both speakers are addressing the concept of love, their distinct uses of diction and imagery underscore how the shepherd’s optimism conflicts with the nymph’s skepticism. In Marlowe 's poem, the romantic shepherd expresses his emotions in an idyllic setting. The title directly informs
Such is the case for the shepherd in “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” by Christopher Marlowe. In this poem, a shepherd reaches out to his love through a pastoral ballad in attempt to woo her. In the companion poem, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” Sir Walter Raleigh writes a well-written and witty response to Marlowe’s shepherd. Despite the fact that both poems share similar structure and use of imagery, each provide a specific and contradictory point of view on the nature of love. Since Raleigh’s poem is a direct reply to Marlowe’s poem, it is no coincidence that the two poems have identical structure: both contain six stanzas in length consisting of four lines each and nearly every line has eight syllables.
The beginning of stanza five is realistic as the shepherd offers to give his love ‘a belt of straw and ivy buds’. However towards the end of the stanza he says that he will give her ‘coral clasps and amber studs’ which is completely unrealistic as he is a shepherd who would not be able to afford such gifts. In the shepherd’s desperation, he resorts to materialism as he believes this is the only way his love will be returned. The second poem ‘The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd’ written by Sir Walter Ralegh is the reply t... ... middle of paper ... ...s beautiful scenery and clothes as a method of persuasion, whilst ‘The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd’ tries to express a sense of realism to the shepherd informing him that things do change like spring to autumn and youth to old age. In my opinion ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ does deserve a reply.
A Comparison of 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' and 'The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd' In Elizabethan times poetry was a very important part of Elizabethan life. Elizabeth 1st adored plays and poetry and was a major patron, meaning that in a way she encouraged sponsorship of the writers and poets of her time, so that they were encourage to perform and write. These two poems are examples of pastoral poetry, a form of poetry that deals with the lives of shepherds and shows a contrast between the innocence and simplicity of rural life, compared with the artificiality of city and court life. The pastoral dramas first appeared in the 15th and 16th century. “The Nymph’s Reply to The Shepherd” is a parody as it is a reply to “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” and answers verse by verse, the original poem.
The Nymph replied with "If truth in every shepherd's tongue/ these pretty pleasures might me move" (2-3). She would be moved by what the Shepherd said if he wanted more from her than just a sexual relationship. Through reading the works by Marlowe and Raleigh it's determined that the shepherd had only sexual feelings for the Nymph. The poems showed no acts of love, only sexual desires that the Shepherd was feeling and a strong sense of rejection from the Nymph. The Nymph did an extraordinary job of standing up for herself.
A true lover never ceases to adore his lady, and when he speaks of her he only uses poetic language and style. These conventions of courtly love are clearly exemplified in As You Like It in the romantic attachment of Silvius and Phebe. When Rosalind, Celia and Touchstone arrive in the forest of Arden they meet Silvius and Corin, an old shepherd, who are engaged in a conversation about love. Corin is advising his friend on how to treat the woman he loves. However, Silvius doubts the old shepherd's authority in such matters, for although Corin admits having been drawn into acts of madness for the sake of love during his youth, he cannot recall any of them.
According to the ancient Greeks, love has many different names for its different forms. Some of them are passion, virtuous, affection, desire and general affection. However, no matter how love is defined, they all share a common characteristic which is commitment. In this task, I have chosen two poems entitled The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe and The Nymph’s Reply to The Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh. In the poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe, it tells the readers about a young shepherd who confesses his feeling to the girl he admires most.
Contrasting Love in To His Coy Mistress and Elegy for Jane If one is interested enough to look, one can find twenty-eight definitions for the word "love" in the dictionary. Such a broadly-defined word has no doubt contributed to the diverse array of poems which all claim (legitimately) to be about "love". Two such poems are "To His Coy Mistress", by Andrew Marvell, and "Elegy for Jane", by Theodore Roethke. Both poems are clearly love poems; however, the types of love that each one represents are quite different. "To His Coy Mistress" is written in a very amorous tone, while "Elegy for Jane" is written with a tone of deep, personal affection and loss.