When reading these two poems one after the other, one of the first things the reader should notice is the two contrasting tones. "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" describes everything with a highly optimistic tenor, while "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" leaves the reader feeling cold and lonely...
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In conclusion, the apparent meanings and the actual meanings of Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" are quite different. With a more analytical outlook and taking the time to break up each line into more elaborate meanings, it quickly becomes clear that the poets put value not only to each word of the poems, but to the structure and order of the words as well. The use of rhetorical devices and rhyme schemes allowed these poets to engrave deeper messages into seemingly simple and pleasing pieces of literature and it becomes apparent that Raleigh's poetic reply was his way of arguing Marlowe's views of living in the moment in the form of another metaphor.
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