The Shepherd to His Love and The Nymph

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” is a poem written by Christopher Marlowe in 1599. The poem is a love poem and it represents the desires of a shepherd who is head over heels in love with his lover. In the poem, the speaker makes promises to his lover to display his affection. He promises his lover a life full of revelry and delights. They’ll explore valleys, groves and they’ll listen to birds sing to the tune of waterfalls.

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“Thee” is used by the poet to emphasize on his lover. Diction is used in “The Nymph’s reply to the shepherd” to stress the temporality of the promises made by the shepherd. “Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy bed of roses, thy cap…Soon break, soon wither…”

References
Schickele, Peter. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love: From Liebeslieder Polkas (s. 2/4) : S.a.t.b. with Piano, Five Hands. Bryn Mawr, Pa: Theodore Presser, 1981. Musical score.

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