It seems quite appropriate and respectful that Raleigh would construct his reply in the same manner as Marlowe's poem. One might speculate, however, that Raleigh is instead subtly mocking Marlowe's strict structure which would serve to reinforce the nymph's subtle mocking of the shepherd. One other similarity lies within the words and feelings of the speakers of the two poems. Nature is a dominant theme throughout both poems and both the shepherd and the nymph share an obvious affection for the natural beauty th... ... middle of paper ... ...riences influence the differing thoughts and feelings of the shepherd and the nymph. Like the shepherd, Marlowe was somewhat of a social recluse without much experience in relationships.
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.
The poems “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph to the Shepherd” are both poems that can be compared and contrasted in many ways. Both poems greatly represent pastoral poetry and would be considered as pastoral lyrics. Between the two poems, they are connected but also at the same time distant from one another. Readers will notice how they differ in terms of one being a question and the other poem replying to the question given. "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.
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.
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.
In my opinion ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ does deserve a reply. After reading the poem the reader assumes that ‘his love’ will go and live with him as he offers her everything she may want. It is quite unpredictable that she would refuse this offer and so the reply gives the story a conclusion. Even though the reader feels empathy for the shepherd as he is prepared to do anything for the nymph, we appreciate the nymph’s point of view that nothing will stay the same forever. Although the poems are both structurally similar, they express contrasting sentiments, a contrast which I feel makes these poems a success.
For instance, the speaker’s lines illustrates that theme, “That loving wretch that swears/ ‘Tis not the bodies marry, but the minds,/ Which he in her angelic finds,/ Would swear as justly that he hears,/ In that day’s rude hoarse minstrelsy, the spheres./” However, the speaker contradicts himself in the next lines, “Hope not for mind in women; at their best/ Sweetness and wit, they are, but mummy, possess’d./” From these lines, we can conclude that the speaker claims that even if a man finds a woman who is mentally compatible, there still will be no true love because women do not have minds and are simply possessed with sweetness and some level of
She will also have "Fair-lined slippers for the col... ... middle of paper ... ... to the shepherd if she accepted his proposal. Even though Phebe settles for Silvius, when she finds out Ganymede is really a woman, her happiness is only bitter-sweet. The pastoral scenes in As You Like It and in the companion poems by Marlowe and Raleigh show nature as a refuge with wonderful mysteries, a place of infectious love, and still a cruel, savage place. Nature is all of these things, an amalgam of mixed blessings, which in differing contexts may be both beneficial and deceptively vicious. Works Cited Marlowe, Christopher.
The poem states that he loves as “dark things are to be loved.” He Fontenot 2 loves her secretly, “between the shadow and the soul.” The narrator does not love arrogantly or in vain. His love is precious and personal. Dark things are to be loved pri... ... middle of paper ... ...a dense fragrance that lives in his body. In “Sonnet XVII,” the text begins by expressing the ways in which the narrator does not love, superficially. The narrator is captivated by his object of affection, and her inner beauty is of the upmost significance.
Straying away from the dazzling rhetoric, this Shakespearean poem projects a humane and friendly impression and elicits laughter while expressing a truer love. A Petrarchan sonnet states that love must never change; this poem offers a more genuine expression of love by describing a natural woman. People often want to ensure that they are loved and often demand to know why they are loved. When one is asked a question like "Why do you love me?" one should think about how to answer for a good while.