The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

by Christopher Marlowe

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What is a summary of "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" by Christopher Marlowe?

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In general, the poem, stanza by stanza is a different promise made by a Shepard to a woman. These promises are made on the basis of her accepting to "live with me". This clearly points to a sexual connection that has no compromise, and just would happen for the sake of pleasure. Pleasure is often mentioned throughout the poem through the pastoral views and images of relaxation, beauty, excess (especially in all the different flowers he promises the lady) as a mechanism to not only convince the woman to sleep with him, but also to take the reader onto a journey to the country, along with the characters, and almost as if to make the reader agree with the Shepard's proposal. The fact that several verses are repeated indicate the insistence of the protagonist in engaging into action with the lady.

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