The nymph repeats a couple lines about the material things the shepherd had previously stated he would give her. The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd is no doubt a direct response to the proposal given to her by the “The Passionate Shepherd”. Though both poems do mirror one another, the tone of each poem divides the two poems apart. “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” represents the wishful and hopeful thinking of love. “The Nymph’s reply to the Shepherd” represents the view of experience and old knowledge of the seasons that will change over time.
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.
Like the shepherd, Marlowe was somewhat of a social recluse without much experience in relationships. This is emulated in the shepherd's naïve wishful thinking that he and the nymph could share an eternal, youthful love. Similar to Marlowe's scandalous associations, the shepherd tries to seduce the nymph with a litany of gifts. Much like Raleigh's experiences with the Queen, the nymph knows that a relationship should be founded on more than transient gifts and empty promises. In the end, the nymph acknowledges that she would accept the shepherd's offer "could youth last" and "had joys no date" (21-22).
Mockingly, she concedes, “if all the world and love were young and truth in every shepherd’s tongue,” then she would “live with thee and be thy love”; in other words, the nymph playfully suggests that these propositions are not true. By using the same rhythm and turning the shepherd 's requests back upon themselves, the nymph echoes the shepherd 's
He does not shower his Mistress with praises of good looks, however in the concluding two lines, he surprises the reader by shifting the rhyme scheme to express his of love. He loves her not because of her looks, but he thinks she is just as extraordinary as any person. Millay’s sonnet is about her life and how she has lost opportunities to form a relationship and is now alone and lonely. Millay makes use of the rhyme scheme to Nanda 1 ￼tune into the theme of her lost love saying, “I have forgotten, and what arms have lain under my head/...and in my heart there stirs a quiet pain for unremembered lads/...Thus in ... ... middle of paper ... ...ws what birds have vanished one by one/ Yet know it boughs more silent than before” (9-11 Millay). Here Millay feels like a lonely tree and where her lovers have vanished and her life has grown silent.
In the poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” the author’s tone is exaggerated. He speaks to his love that everything will be impeccable if she moved in with him. He states that there will even be “Melodious birds sing madrigals”(Marlowe, page 598). The author makes it seem dreamy to the reader. The author is trying to make the poem as romantic as possible to win over her love.
For example in the last line she says ‘I shall but love thee better after death’ Barrett Browning uses the hyperbole to show romantic love. The love is so strong in this poem it can almost become unrequited love as she almost idolizes this person. Barrett Browning tries to measure her love for this man. The use of repetition of ‘I love thee’ may give a tedious tone to this poem but it really emphasizes her point. As her love in this poem is so large to explain she compares it to situations showing strength or other emotions such as joy, but even sadness is involved from the reference of tears.
The Nymph's reply frankly points this out to the Shepherd in her reply and jokingly refuses him her love. The themes of age, weather and the seasons, and materialism all appear in the two poems. Though, both authors use them differently to show how love should be attained. Love should be attained by use of the heart. This theory is the premise of Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love."
Marlowe was thought to be a spy and when ... ... middle of paper ... ...eginning. In the nymph’s last verse, I feel that she is softening and realises that she actually wants to live with the shepherd and have all the things he is promising her but she realises life cannot be like that. She explains in her last verse that if only they could both be young for ever and that love got stronger and happiness lasted then she might live with him. There is a sense of regret in this verse but she is gently sarcastic too, by imitating the shepherd’s use of alliteration and his last line. 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.
I like the poems “The Flea” and “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne because of the imagery and metaphors he uses to give us an understanding of both poems. I also like the poem “A Woman to Her Lover” by Christina Walsh because it gives a woman’s view of love. This gives a significant contrast to Donne’s poems. “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” is a good contrast to “The Flea” since in “The Flea” the man who is talking is trying to persuade the woman to sleep with him when she is trying to refuse. Whilst in “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” the man speaking is trying to persuade the woman being apart from each other will not break them up.