Marlowe the Shepherd Essay

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Words: 300
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Date: 01/30/2014
Search of the Same Love: Marlowe and Raleigh In Marlowe’s The Passionate Shepherd to His Love the author’s purpose is to displays superficiality, on the contrary, Raleigh’s The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd the author’s purpose exhibits maturity in the reply to Marlowe’s poem. The Shepherd requests the Nymph to take his hand because he can supply her with “beds of roses”, “a thousand fragrant posies”, “kirtle embroidered all with leaves of myrtle” and many more (Marlowe, 9-12). In order to win the Nymph’s love the Shepherd believes a sense of bribery will win her love, whereas the Nymph believes “thy beds of roses, thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies” will “soon wither” (Raleigh, 13-5). The Shepherd wants to buy her love with the supplies he is going offer to the Nymph but she realizes that there is more to love which lasts longer than supplies which will eventually run out. The Shepherd shows superficiality when he doesn’t realize there is more to love than just his wealth of supplies and the Nymph shows maturity in realization of the future if she accepted his request his request. The Shepherd’s belief of love coming easily is displayed when he simply and demandingly says “Come live with me and be my love” (Marlowe, 1). The Shepherd’s lack of realization and consideration to love shows superficiality. In the reply to the Nymph, her maturity in taking his request seriously she speaks the truth, “If all the world and love were young” and the Shepherds…