Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Shepherd and The Nymph

Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is an example of the "carpe diem" theme popular at that time. This shepherd has a hook - his is a seduction poem that offers passion, but no committment. There seems to be no thought of consequences.

Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" acknowledges and refutes the shepherd - using his very words. She is concerned about the future and 'husbandry.' She points out that roses lose their bloom, one must endure bad weather and the elements. Life gets tiresome; life gets old.

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