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 great playwright Christopher Marlowe also wrote one of the most famous lyrical poems in British literature, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." In this pastoral portrait, Marlowe reveals the shepherd's desire for a certain young lady to be his love. In "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," Sir Walter Raleigh voices the young lady's answer to this invitation. The two poems share the identical structures of rhyme scheme and meter. Also, the speakers share a similar desire for youthful love.
Instead, he places a doublet at the very end of the poem. Both poets use the non-quatrains for philosophical interpretations. Donne uses the quatrains to describe the physicality of the partner’s love and the triplets to describe the deeper non-physical connection the pair shares. Shakespeare uses the quatrains to create the story of an imaginary lover and the doublet to create a poem within a poem. They stand out among the rest of the poem because they are a rhymed pair directly following quatrains.
Written only a year apart, Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" (1599) and its seemingly contradictory retort, Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (1600), collectively set a fascinating scene. During a first read through of each of the poems, the plots seem fairly straightforward. However, one may be led to believe that Marlowe's poem was about nothing more than an eloquent confession of love and that Sir Walter Raleigh's reply was merely a rejection of that very confession. In reality, each poem contains much deeper meaning than is often interpreted during a first read through. The consistency of the "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" being an exact opposite is mildly entertaining as every line of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" was individually countered and rejected.
Denying the Ideal: The Comparison of the Speakers in “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh both create speakers who disagree about the nature of romantic love. The titles of the twin poems, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” by Marlowe, and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” by Raleigh, show that they are two sides of a rhetorical exchange. The poems’ structures are identical; each of the shepherd’s optimistic requests has a corresponding refusal from the nymph. Although the word choice and meters are similar in the two poems, the shepherd uses an optimistic tone while the nymph uses a pessimistic one. 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.
Reading each poem is a gateway into the author’s mind, letting us see their own thoughts and feelings on the subject. Sir Thomas Wyatt seems to feel almost depressed and hopeless while understanding the rarity of finding true love. Where as Shakespeare is confident and realistic but also takes love for granted and doesn’t open up emotionally. Because love isn’t as simple and straightforward as most poets suggest, these two sonnets are great examples on how this universal and worldwide topic can be expressed in many different way.
The sonnet is also concluded by a metaphorical rhyming couplet. "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee" evidently shows that the sonnet is meant to preserve the beauty of the youn... ... middle of paper ... ... be seen that powerful and concentrated language was used several times in both poems. The language techniques such as imagery, personification, and metaphors which create an image for the reader and give them an understanding about the poem. They also express the poets intentions and feelings about their love for their loved ones. Shakespeare's "sonnet 18" used various language techniques and strong language to exaggerate the comparison of his beloved to a summers day and also sustain his beauty.
Since "Hidden Heart" is an imitation of Sydney’s sonnet, several parallels can be drawn between their common theme, word choice, and form. The "Hidden Hearts" theme of free expression, its diction, and structure, must be compared and contrasted with intertextual references from "Astrophil and Stella," in order to effectively analyze it. Throughout the poem, Natalie ... ... middle of paper ... ...each a resolution by the end of the poem. Both meter and rhyme are very essential in building a solid, yet fluid structure to each poem. "Hidden Heart" mirrors "Astrophil and Stella" in many ways, but contains several unique qualities as well.
Comparing The Passionate Shepherd to His Love and Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd and the stark contrast of the treatment of an identical theme, that of love within the framework of pastoral life. I intend to look at each poem separately to give my interpretation of the poet's intentions and then discuss their techniques and how the chosen techniques affect the portal of an identical theme. The poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love appears to be about the Elizabethan courtly ideal of living with the barest necessities, like a shepherd, in the country. "We will all the pleasures prove that hills and valleys, dales and fields' Or woods or steppy mountains yields." Why Marlowe writes this poem is difficult to fully understand.
From studying both these poems, it is clear that throughout there is a sense of love, but one person is showing their feelings, the shepherd, and the other is showing how the effect of time changes everything, the nymph. It is clear that the nymph’s poem is a parody and twists phrases from the original poem.