Analysis Of The Poem ' The ' Of A Summer Night ' And ' My Mistress '

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Kallie Hall
Professor Peltier
Literature 100
Midterm Exam
Group A:
The poetry we covered from the Renaissance was “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer Night” and “My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” by Shakespeare, “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell, and “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe. These writers confront the idea of “carpe diem” by not entertaining the thought of what tomorrow may bring. For example, in “To His Coy Mistress”, Marvell is saying if there were enough time on earth, he and his mistress would do all of these great things, however they do not have all the time in world so they must focus on today and make good use of their youth. In “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”, Marlowe is stating that everything will be alright in the world if his love comes and lives with him. He claims they will eat off “silver dishes” and an “ivory table” and that he will make her a “bed of roses”. The shepherd does not care what tomorrow may bring as long as his love comes to live with him. However in “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”, his love replys by stating that if he were telling the truth, then the silver dishes and ivory table may interest her, but since she knows it is all lies, she cannot live with him and be his love. She actually considers what may happen and because of that she describes how the bed of roses will eventually fade and will then be forgotten.…

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