The Passionate Shepherd to His Love Questions and Answers
by Christopher Marlowe

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In "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", what allusions help to enrich the poem's meaning?

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The meaning of the poem is the idealization of nature and sexuality.  Mostly, Marlowe uses natural imagery to underscore his meaning.  He mentions shallow rivers, melodious birds, beds of roses, etc., to portray a sense of how natural the relationship between the man and woman is - how much a part of nature.

The allusions used are few and very subtle.  The first is the mention of "myrtle".  The shepard tells his lady...

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