Comparison Of The Passionate Shepherd And The Nymph's Reply

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The two works “The passionate shepherd” and “The nymph’s reply” are very well connected even though they come from different authors, However, both poems are very unique when it comes to their attitude towards the subject. The passionate shepherd is a very upbeat poem that highlights the positive atmosphere the shepherd believes he can provide for the nymph, If she were to come to be with him as his lover. He has a very optimistic look towards the world and expresses this through his use of the nature around him to try and win over the nymph. “And we will sit upon rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing …show more content…

The nymph knows that the shepherd is not committed to loving her as he has come so quickly and has not even had a chance to really even meet her. She provides the realism that is needed to help him understand why she will not say yes to his offer. Her view of nature is well affected by her perception of time. She compares his love to that of the goods that he offers her, and how as time goes on that they will begin to rot and fade away. “Time drives the flocks from field to fold When rivers rage and rocks grow cold, And Philomel becometh dumb, The rest complains of cares to come.” she points out how the rocks they would sit on will turn cold with the winter, and the river will start to grow from the weather. the flocks of sheep will be brought in from the cold, so all he promised will be gone in the end. She wants a love that will last, but his offer shows that he hasn’t matured enough to provide what she truly desires. Once he finds this she believes he may have a chance, but until then he must hope to understand what she desires and that he will experience some sort of positive change of himself. In closing the desires of the shepherd may seem great, but they are rooted in some of the most unhonorable characteristics of society. Those of an older era, one of constant death and suffering of people all to support those who did

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