Friday, November 10, 2006

Christopher Marlowe Assignment

In the Passionate Sheherd to His Love, there was a sense of the love sick shepard wanting for his love to share all the pleasures of nature with him. This was written at a time when all the arts were fascinated by the theme of the love sick shepard in country settings (Norton The theme of the poem is related to the words carpe diem and the idea of immediate gratification of their sexual pleasures ( This idea of immediate gratification fits nicely with carpe diem because the shepherd was sayin to his love seize the day and live in the moment. This type of philosophy, during this time period, was against the normal for their society. There is no mention of marriage or courtley love only passionate love with, what seems to be, no limits.
The response to that poem was by Sir Walter Raleigh, called the Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd. In this reply there was the idea of carpe diem combined with tempus fugit, which means even though time flies we should NOT sieze the day. There will be consequences to having the passionate love that the shepherd wanted and longed for in the pasture ( We can see this by the second stanza of the poem when he writes, "Time drives the flocks from the fields, when rivers rage and rocks grow cold, and Philomel becometh dumb; the rest complains of cares to come" (Sir Walter Raleigh).
There were many reply's to the Passionate Shepherds plea for passionate love, the one hear by Sir Walter Raleigh is only one of the many.


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