Critical Analysis Of The Passionate Shepherd To His Love

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In many works of poetry, there are numerous ways in which the reader can critique and analyze the poems content, theme, and other related subjects regarding critical approaches. The following paragraphs will demonstrate and analyze examples specifically regarding Marxist/social criticism in poetry. The poem that will be analyzed in this essay is titled "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by the sixteenth century poet Christopher Marlowe. My purpose for using these two critical approaches is to throw light onto the historical and social effects and demonstrations of this poem by Marlowe. During a first serious read through of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", one will notice the theme of the poem is going to be romantic and about the subject of love. This pastoral poem basically describes one lover attempting to convince another lover to be…show more content…
The "Passionate Shepherd" may not be as innocent as we think. In his life, Marlowe was not necessarily a great examples of one with high moral standards. He got into some trouble and was convicted of many crimes. If one looks at it at the poem a little deeper, issues regarding gender, social criticism, classical allusions, sexuality, and cases of manipulation seem to become apparent. The poem is meant to be about love yet there seems to be some social contradictions. The shepherd in the poem seems to be taking things to fast and assuming that his lover wants from him what he wants from her. An example of Marxist/social criticism would be the notion of the female having no say or voice in the matter represented in the poem. She is almost expected to obey his commands. "Come live with me and be my love"(Marlowe:5). Can this line be described as a form of social

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