The Passionate Shepherd to His Love Questions and Answers
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 Are the symbols in "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" the gifts that are promised, or is it all about the love/lust?

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Having read Marvell's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," (and "To His Coy Mistress"), and reviewing the eNotes summary for the poem, it seems, indeed, that this is a poem not so much about love, but about lust.

"Come live with me and be my love" does not suggest that the couple marry. It suggests that they live together as husband and wife, but not BE husband and wife. The shepherd is...

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