An Analysis Of Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd To His Love

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In Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” the shepherd paints an idealized view of the rural life for his lover as a means of a confession of love . He attempts to convince the woman with his planned promises before she accepts his offer. The list of the promises goes from living in the mountains to materialistic objects, such as coral clasps. His offers may seem to be beyond what a shepherd can normally reach for, due to his status. However, the shepherd creates a contract for the love interest to be with him in order to obtain the promises. This suggests that there may be possibly more than a guaranteed contract. Marlowe’s use of enticement tempts his love interest to fall into the trap of an unfulfilled reality.
The use of imagery
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It seems to appear as if it came out of a dream, which is promising. His description of the fields and the valleys allow the reader to visualize that the background does not have any flaws. The shepherd uses imagery to emphasize that the area in which they will soon live is in perfect condition. However, the fact that the background is too perfect is unnerving. In the real world, no environment is perfect; each has flaws that counter them from appearing false. It is not possible for trees or grass to always be in a healthy condition, unless they are fake. Therefore, the shepherd’s idealized version of an environment is too good to be true, meaning that it may perhaps be non-existent. This suggests that the shepherd may be misleading the woman into setting herself in a trap. His persuasion may prompt the woman into believing his words. Thus, the woman may end up having high expectations and leave with disappointment if the shepherd does not give what he promises. Furthermore, the imagery that the shepherd uses in his persuasion may reveal the hidden truth of of an everlasting time that he …show more content…
The flowers that the shepherd lists are supposedly romantic to the woman. He claims that he will grow a lot of flowers, which are expensive. Considering the shepherd’s financial position, growing many flowers is beyond his role of herding animals. He also wants the flowers that he grows to last forever. He does not realize that flowers need long-term care to continue growing. The poem suggests that the shepherd may grow the flowers, but he may not end up caring for the flowers in the end. He additionally gives insight that the area that they will live in will never fade. In the short-term, the location may not have noticeable changes. But in the long-term, more changes to the environment will be added. Subsequently, in the real world, the season cannot always stay in spring. The seasons will always change: from winter, spring, summer, and fall. Nor can the flowers can bloom forever; they will wilt and decompose by the next seasonal change. The flowers that do last forever may exist in dreams and the afterlife. Otherwise, they do not exist in the real world. Thus, the idea of freezing time is misleading. One cannot just live in the past or in the moment, but rather to understand that changes do happen in the future. It seems as if the shepherd strives to speak more than what he actually plans to give to the woman. Moreover, the use of love to persuade the woman may reveal the ingenuity of the

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