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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

"The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh was written as a response to Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." Both were witty love poems. They were not...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015 11:32 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Walter Raleigh wrote the poem "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" in 1596, in response to the 1593 poem written by Christopher Marlowe entitled "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love." In order to...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2017 3:54 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The nymph's reply can be read as carrying a realistic, practical tone. The shepherd has painted an impossible scenario and the nymph is pointing out that she is aware of this: "flowers do...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2007 11:15 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

In this poem, Raleigh takes on the persona of a nymph replying to a plea from her lover. The lover's argument was stated in Marlowe’s poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” In those verses,...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 11:43 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

In "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," the nymph dismisses the shepherd's idyllic vision of their life together by shining a light on the facts of life. The nymph must doubt the shepherd's...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 9:56 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

"The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd" was written by Sir Walter Raleigh, an English nobleman associated with the court of Queen Elizabeth I. This poem was not written for publication in a modern...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 7:26 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

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Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 10:03 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

As a response to Christopher Marlowe's more serious "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love," Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" debunks the shepherd's sentimental, romantic vision. So, in...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 11:47 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Of these two poems, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh is written in the genre of a pastoral, including a setting in the countryside and an idyllic romantic theme, and is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2015 1:21 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

If a modern girl were educated and not too indoctrinated by our still somewhat patriarchal society, her response would probably sound something like Raleigh's, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd."...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2010 11:18 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Throughout the poem, the nymph's clearly negative response is in direct contrast to all the promises made by the shepherd in Christopher Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. Her words...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2017 5:52 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

This poem has many themes but an important one is Wisdom - or the lack of it. Being foolish, or acting without prudence or reasoning can lead people into chaos or into a situation where they lose...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2013 11:32 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Iambic tetrameter describes a particular rhythm in each line. The rhythm is measured in feet, small groups of syllables. Iambic describes the type of foot, and tetrameter tells us that there are...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010 4:26 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Both of these excellent poems deal with pastoral imagery, or the simple delights of the countryside and the closeness to nature that is promised in one of these poems and questioned in the other....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2011 7:45 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

This excerpt from Sir Walter Raleigh's last stanza of "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" summarizes the speaker's point. If the world were perfect and time stood still, then "these delights my...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 2:28 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Ralegh's poem continues a discussion between a shepherd and his lover begun in Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love," using a similar metrical scheme and imagery, but...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2012 1:21 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

While these two poems are related (specifically, one is the "answer" to the other) and share many things, they are fundamentally two different types of poetry. Let us first look at the superficial...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009 2:25 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Sir Walter Ralegh's poem (also called "Answer to Marlowe") is a philosophically satirical poem, so approaching it critically requires an understanding of the poem's meaning and...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009 3:19 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The poem "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd", also called "Answer to Marlowe", is a direct reply to Christopher Marlowe's earlier poem "The Passionate Shepherd To His Love." This satirical poem is...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2009 12:11 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Hi again! The imagery in the poem follows the same pattern as I outlined above. The nymph echoes the shepherd, but twists the images to fit her purposes, to demonstrate the realistic side of the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2010 11:17 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

"The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is the nymph's reply to the shepherd's request for her to come be his love. Unfortunately for the shepherd, the nymph is simply not "feeling...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2008 4:00 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Remember that the Nymph does not agree to go with the shepherd and be his love...she basically disagrees with his every point. The biggest one, however, is that the spring time will lead to fall...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2008 8:10 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Ralegh and Marlowe were literary contemporaries, and both men belonged to a mysterious group known as the "School of Night" (The Literature of Renaissance England, 334). Though there may...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 12:38 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

In the original Marlowe poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," the shepherd urges his beloved to "Come live with me and be my love." As with any young man trying to win over a young lady—or in...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 8:00 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

I find the nymph much more realistic than romantic. Let's first clarify the difference between realists and romantics. Those with realistic perspectives, like the nymph speaking in the poem, see...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 4:33 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

It is very important that this poem is not read in isolation. As the title indicates, Sir Walter Raleigh wrote this poem in response to Marlowe's poem, "Come live with me." As an evocation of the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2012 9:54 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

In Sir Walter Raleigh's poem, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," is a response to Christopher Marlowe's poem, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." This answering of one poem with another was...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 3:47 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Raleigh's poem is one of numerous "answers" other writers gave to Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." It is both an imitation—using the same stanzaic format, meter, and rhyme scheme as...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe is an example of what's called a pastoral. This was a genre of poetry quite common in Marlowe's day, one that presented an idealized...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2018 10:36 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

There are many reasons why a student might grow quite fond of Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd." First, it is a direct (and somewhat sarcastic) reply to Christopher Marlowe's...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 12:39 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The context of "The Nymph's Response to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh is Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." I prefer Raleigh's poem because it is a realistic...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 12:40 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

This poem cannot be completely understood without also reading Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." There is an excellent summary of "The Nymph's...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2008 9:57 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Concerning "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," most of what you need to do here is simple and straightforward. First, in the lines you identify every two syllables form a metric foot. They all...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2010 11:27 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

In Sir Walter Ralegh’s poem “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” a beautiful young woman responds to the romantic proposals that had been issued to her by a shepherd in Christopher Marlowe’s poem...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2011 1:27 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Certainly this poem is indicative of the culture of the urbane, educated man of the early 17th century that its writer, Raleigh, was. The language and style is exactly of its time, and is in fact...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2009 2:07 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

This excellent poem cannot be read in isolation but must be studied alongside the poem it was written as a response to: "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." In the nymph's response, the nymph,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 10:09 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Raleigh's artistry to easy to identify. Though perhaps not of the first order of poets as Christopher Marlowe was (whose poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" Raleigh was answering) he was...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2009 12:04 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” is Sir Walter Raleigh’s response to a poem written by Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” In the Marlowe poem, the shepard is promising...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2007 3:05 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

To fully understand Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," we first have to take a step back to another poem. Raleigh's verse (written in 1600) is a direct response to Christopher Marlowe's...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 8:48 pm UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

"The Nymph's Reply" is not a love poem; it is a rebuttal of Marlowe's "Passionate Shepherd to His Love." Whereas the shepherd is idealistic in his seduction of the nymph, she is...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008 10:16 am UTC

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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The Nymph is concerned with growing old in its reply to the shepherd. The rivers rush in the spring because the snow from winter is melting. Spring implies rebirth. However, rivers rage because of...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2008 1:04 am UTC

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