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Compare And Contrast The Passionate Shepherd To His Love

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The Idealist and the Realist are two rather different types of people. One sees the world in an optimistic light, where the flowers seemingly always bloom and summer is ever-lasting, while the other sees the world as a skeptic and sees that all happiness at some point comes to an end. Within the poems “The Passionate Shepherd to his love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” we see these two types of people interact with one and another through letters as one expresses his love and the other rejects it. We see how the Shepherd views the world and the blossoming of love and we see the Nymph’s view of the world and her skeptical view on love. The story of these two poems start with the declaration of love from the Shepherd within “The Passionate Shepherd to his love,” with the first line of the poem being “Come live with me, and be my love” yet what is his view on love? Well the Shepherd within his poem to the Nymph, says that he’d give her gifts like “A cap of flowers and a kirtle”(Line 11, Shepherd) to her. Those aren’t the only gifts either he even promises her a “Gown made of the finest wool”(Line 13, Shepard), and also some “Delights” such as other Shepherds singing and dancing for them(Line 21, Shepherd). The Shepherd seems to view that love is not moved by who one is, but rather by bribes and entertainment which are different from the Nymph’s own views. The Nymph herself seems to be rather skeptical of the Shepherd and seemingly has a distrust of Shepherds due
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