The Nymph's Reply To The Shepherd Analysis

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“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Ralegh express ideas on love and time. However, Sir Walter Ralegh approaches the concept more realistically by using the nymph’s outlook on these topics, while Marlowe describes them in a more a dream like state through the shepherd’s view. Through the carpe diem theme, Marlowe conveys the shepherd’s views of love and time, whereas Ralegh more practical and naturally articulates the nymph’s ideas of love and time. Ralegh uses the season of winter, his thoughts on time, and his mockery of “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” to present the nymph’s rational view of love and time. Despite the pessimistic outlook on love and time in “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” the argument made through Raleigh’s work is more practical than Marlowe’s work, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” because Raleigh’s work considers external factors pertaining to life and time. Bookrags states, …show more content…
This ridiculousness is exemplified in Ralegh’s response in lines 15-16, “Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten: / In folly ripe, in reason rotten.” The nymph has the more practical outlook on nature and in his description of love and time. Not everything in nature stays the same and through time. Things change. As the Shepherd’s point of view on nature is trying to convince his lover to live with him through these romantic and absurd images. “Fair lined slippers for the cold, / With buckles of the purest gold” (lines 15-16, Marlowe). As the shepherd describes these gifts his lover may receive, the nymph mocks him in the fifth stance. The nymph disagrees and illuminates the ludicrousness of the shepherd’s ideas. The mockery the nymph uses in his reply to the shepherd provides a more sensible outlook of how change does happen with love and in the

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