A Comparison of 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' and 'The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd'

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A Comparison of 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' and 'The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd'

In Elizabethan times poetry was a very important part of Elizabethan life. Elizabeth 1st adored plays and poetry and was a major patron, meaning that in a way she encouraged sponsorship of the writers and poets of her time, so that they were encourage to perform and write. These two poems are examples of pastoral poetry, a form of poetry that deals with the lives of shepherds and shows a contrast between the innocence and simplicity of rural life, compared with the artificiality of city and court life. The pastoral dramas first appeared in the 15th and 16th century. “The Nymph’s Reply to The Shepherd” is a
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Both of these poets were admired writers of their time and their poems are still highly appreciated. Marlowe and Ralegh knew each other and Ralegh’s poem is a witty response to his friend’s pastoral verse.

In verse one of “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love”, Christopher Marlowe gets straight to the point by saying, “Come live with me”. This shows just how eager the shepherd is and then there is a pause where he goes on to say, “…and by my love”. This is more of a gentle tone and softens what has just been said. In the next line there are two uses of alliteration, “And we will all the pleasures prove…”, and the ‘w’s’ and ‘p’s’ add a persuasive definite feel to the verse. In the last two lines of this stanza, Marlowe lists all the things the Nymph and the shepherd will do together, and by listing them, he is making it seem as though there is an amazing variety of landscape to enjoy. These areas he is listing are all dramatic, natural pleasures and have not been changed by man, nothing is artificial. When it says, “…or steepy mountain yields”, the shepherd is showing that there is an extra sense of freedom and that together, the Nymph and himself will enjoy the natural beauties. The Nymph’s reply to Marlowe’s poem is rather shocking. She stats by changing what the shepherd has just said to what she thinks is reality. In the first line, “If all the world…”, the
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