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What is the mood of the poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe?

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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 tone. The words are beautiful in the musical way that entrances the reader, as the shepherd is attempting to do with the girl he is wooing. If there is a quality about the tone that is paradoxical in some sense, it lies in the fact that the words could be construed as almost banal (by a...

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