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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

The tone of the poem 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' by Christopher Marlowe is thoughtful, contemplative and dreamy. The rhythm is gentle and sing-song - almost like a lullaby as if the poet...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010, 5:43 am (UTC)

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The shepherd gives/promises to give his beloved a painted picture of the utopian world they would share together, "pleasures" that appear to have a sexual nature, many beds of roses, dresses,...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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This poem is a form of pastoral poetry, a type of poetry that deals with shepherds that is set in the countryside. It is essentially a call by the shepherd to a woman to enjoy the delights that...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 6:54 pm (UTC)

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If his beloved agrees to run away to nature and be his lover, the passionate shepherd promises her an idyllic life in the countryside, full of simple pleasures. These will include sitting on rocks...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018, 12:23 am (UTC)

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The imagery contained in this poem emphasizes its status as an example of the pastoral tradition. The pastoral in literature is a genre that romanticizes a rural, rustic lifestyle, which is...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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Like the other answer to this question says, I believe that the gifts the shepherd offers his love are meant to be hyperbolic representations of his love. In other words, one should not view the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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The speaker promises his beloved lots of pleasure, especially pleasure that has to do with being out in nature. He will show her all these beautiful, pastoral sights and sounds. Moreover, the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2017, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Literary devices are used by poets to make their meaning clearer in poems in only a few words. There are many types of literary devices used in poems. Three in this pastoral poem are heroic...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011, 4:20 am (UTC)

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For all the poetic devices used in "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," metaphor is one of the least utilized. The shepherd's descriptions of the many pleasures of living simply in the natural...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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The shepherd simply wants his beloved to come away with him, but he seems to think she'll take some convincing. So in the first stanza, the lusty young swain begins to paint a lovely picture of the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018, 11:54 am (UTC)

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Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is a response to Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." Both involve a debate between a "shepherd"—a young man—and a "nymph"—the woman he is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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The poem is an example of the genre in that the passionate shepherd is encouraging his lover to seize the moment and make the fateful decision to be with him forever. There's no sense in which he...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019, 8:47 am (UTC)

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One modern song that has the carpe diem theme characteristic of Marlowe's ''The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young." Joel's song possesses an urgency and...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2017, 12:22 am (UTC)

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The entire poem is hyperbolic. It is an exaggerated description of a place that is probably too good to be true. So, in that general respect, every stanza offers promises that would be difficult...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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I'm afraid who makes the "best" or better case between "Shepherd" and "Nymph" is mostly a matter of opinion, and one's opinion is mostly dependent on the attitude one brings to the question....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 7:04 pm (UTC)

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In the simplest of terms, the speaker in Marlowe's poem is a shepherd who is love with another person. From the title, it becomes clear that the subject of the pastoral poem is an unnamed shepherd...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2014, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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The shepherd was proposing a passionate love affair to the nymph. He does not mention a long term relationship or marriage, though. The shepherd promises the nymph that he will shower her with all...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2007, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," by Christopher Marlowe, is a beautiful example of pastoral love poetry; that is, it depicts love in a rural, countryside setting. The entire poem is an...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2010, 8:04 am (UTC)

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The very first line of the poem "Come live with me and be my Love," (line 1) implies the youth of both parties. Since neither of them currently has a spouse (and are thus free to marry each other)...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2009, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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If I am not mistaken, you are referring to the poem The Passionate Shepherd To His Love by Christopher Marlowe. In the poem, the shepherd offers his love many gifts. All he wants in return is for...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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In Marlowe's poem the shepherd is the protagonist. He is the one who attempts to persuade his lover to come away with him for a life of Edenic rural bliss. In Raleigh's rejoinder, however, the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018, 8:30 am (UTC)

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I would argue that the central theme of these two poems, the second of which is an "answer" to the first, regards the nature of love and of its consequences. Marlowe presents the idealized,...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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This poem is in the category of Pastorals, which Renaissance poets like Marlowe wrote to convey their thoughts and feelings about love and other subjects. Pastorals contain idealized, rural...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2008, 12:42 am (UTC)

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There are only 6 stanzas in "The Passionate Shepher to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe. If you mean the 6th stanza, Marlowe presents an idealized pastoral world full of romance without...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2008, 1:20 am (UTC)

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No, both of these poems are not sonnets. First of all, both poems are more than fourteen lines long. Second of all, they do not follow the regular rhyme pattern of either Italian or English...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2007, 6:00 pm (UTC)

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There we will sit upon the rocksAnd see the shepherds feed their flocks,By shallow rivers, to whose fallsMelodious birds sing madrigals There is mild alliteration in this stanza, but it is a...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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Throughout the poem, nature is employed to symbolically represent the beauty and purity of the speaker's love. For example, he promises his love "beds of Roses" and "A gown made of the finest...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019, 10:34 am (UTC)

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I would say that the concept of carpe diem is a central theme of Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." However, I'd note that we could find additional degrees of nuance and criticism...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Pastoral literature, as described by literary critic Raymond Williams in The Country and the City, offers an "enameled" or artificial version of the natural world, one that bears little or no...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019, 7:56 am (UTC)

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The speaker of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is a humble shepherd who makes a grand offer out of what he has. What he offers her is a kind of peaceful, rustic, simple life. Their time...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010, 2:26 am (UTC)

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Despite the apparent simplicity of Marlowe's famous poem, its tone is multi-faceted. Above all the expression is a worshipful one, of both the speaker's love and of nature. It is also hypnotic in...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018, 4:11 am (UTC)

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The poem is a heartfelt invitation by the speaker to a person whom he wishes to live with him. Like all passionate speakers, he doesn't rely on logic to convince this person. Instead, he appeals to...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2010, 8:05 am (UTC)

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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,...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2008, 5:39 am (UTC)

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

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017, 1:18 pm (UTC)

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Specifically, this poem is considered a pastoral poem because of its idyllic setting. However, since that isn't one of your options, your better choice here is lyric. The second link I am...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016, 3:03 am (UTC)

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The passonate shepherd presents the ideal of Romantic love. The images are soft and mostly from nature (myrtle, flowers, roses, poises etc). The Nymph's reply presents a more real side of love....

Latest answer posted October 9, 2008, 6:38 am (UTC)

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This sixteenth century poem is a good example of the pastoral genre. In the pastoral genre, poetry or plays are set in an idealized natural world. Although natural, this world has all the ease of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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Pastoral poetry, also called bucolic (relating to pleasant parts of country life) or idyllic (happy and peaceful in an idealized way), is characterized by references to nature, usually involving...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 12:47 am (UTC)

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A major aspect of Renaissance humanism is its focus on the inherent value of earthly life. This was largely in contrast to the medieval sense of this life as a "vale of woe" and a mere prelude to...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 5:18 am (UTC)

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The philosophy of tempus fugit really begins to emerge in the third stanza of "The Nymph's Reply." In this stanza, the speaker (taking the character of the nymph who is being pursued) notes that...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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Pastoral poems deal with nature versus society: The pastoral is a literary style or type that presents a conventionalized picture of rural life, the naturalness and innocence of which is seen in...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2011, 10:00 am (UTC)

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This poem fits into a group of poems classed as "carpe diem" poems - where the audience of the poem is urged to "seize the day" and make a decision to commit to a relationship now before time and...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2010, 12:45 am (UTC)

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In Andrew Marvell's poem, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," I find metphors, not similes. (Similes compare dissimilar things using "like" or "as.") The metaphor compares dissimilar things that...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2011, 5:59 am (UTC)

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It appears that you are referring to the nymph's reply to the amorous shepherd in Sir Walter Raleigh's The Nymph's Reply To The Shepherd. Sir Walter Raleigh's poem answers Christopher Marlowe's The...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2015, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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The escape motif present in this poem is definitely captured in many media forms today. You need to remember that this poem is a pastoral poem. Pastoral poems are always set in an idealised...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2010, 12:54 am (UTC)

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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

In this poem, the narrator is trying to convince the woman to whom he is sexually attracted to become his lover. He paints an idyllic picture of how they will live a life together in nature....

Latest answer posted June 23, 2018, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

The shepherd narrator in Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is making a simple request of the woman he loves: please come and live with me forever. To make this case, the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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If you look at the images in the poem, they are very reminiscent of a pastorial painting. He describes "hills and valleys" and "dale and field" in a way that brings to mind the...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008, 7:45 am (UTC)

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I agree with #2, though there is an undertone of haughtiness to the Nymph's reply. A rustic shepherd offers all he has, and the response is, of course, no. What he offers physically is fleeting,...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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The principal difference between Marlowe's approach and Marvell's, in these two poems, is that Marlowe presents a series of entrancing images to encourage a woman to love him, while Marvell appears...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018, 5:59 am (UTC)

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