Marlowe And Christopher Marowe's The Passionate Shepherd To His Love

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In 1599, Christopher Marlowe wrote a poem called “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” This poem was a love poem and it was to create an idealized vision of rural life within the context of personal emotion. Marlowe uses diction and imagery to portray a simple but beautiful and fulfilling life for his love, if only she chooses to come live with him. In response to Marlowe’s poem, in 1600, Sir Walter Ralegh wrote “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd.” In contrast to Marlowe’s poem, Ralegh’s poem has a very realistic point of view. Also in Ralegh’s poem had his fair share of both lovers and haters. Although these two poems correspond and use the same elements to get their point across, they could not be any different from one another. In the poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” Marlowe creates a very idealistic or optimistic point of view; full of hope and promise. The poem begins with a request from the speaker, "come live with me and be my love, and we will all the pleasure…show more content…
When he talks about the things he will give her he says things like purest gold, fair lined slippers, fragrant poises, melodious birds, and pretty lambs. (Line 8, 10, 14, 15, and 16), All of these beautiful, positive, descriptive words help the reader get a positive, or idealistic, tone from this poem. Ralegh, in contrast, uses negative words to help establish the realistic point of view in his poem “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd.” In the poem Ralegh was saying things like “When rivers rage and rocks grow cold” (Line 6). Also, “The flowers do fade” (line 9) he used some of these terms because one day your love one will fade away and you won’t be able to see her again. All of these phrases help Ralegh in creating the realistic, almost negative, tone that he was looking
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