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'The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd' By Sir Walter Raleigh is a Parody of 'Passionate Shepherd to his Love' By Christopher Marlowe. Discuss.
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Within this essay I intend to compare "Passionate Shepherd to his Love" by Christopher Marlowe which is a ballad and an idyll. With " The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh which is also an idyll. I will focus on the parody aspect of the poem by Raleigh. The first poem "Passionate Shepherd to his Love" is about a man who lives on his own in the beautiful countryside trying to persuade a woman to live with him and be his love. Bribing her with materialistic gifts. ' A gown made of the finest wool,...
highlighting his opinion of the countryside and love. It is mainly negative.

'A honey tongue, a heart of gall,

Is fancy's spring, but sorrows fall.'

He is communicating to the reader that he is mimicking Marlowe by doing this. I thin k that when Marlowe wrote the poem he was lonely and wanted somebody to love him, and so these feelings were put into the poem. While on the other hand Raleigh, I feel was unable to trust anybody to love him and/or find anybody to love and so he mocks Marlowe for wanting love.

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