The Optimistic Shepherd to the Realistic Nymph

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Jessica Blaine
Professor Stevens
English 002
4 March 2014
The Optimistic Shepherd and the Realistic Nymph Carpe Diem has this beautiful and romantic connotation that no optimist can help but become giddy at the thought of the endless possibilities. These words to a realist however would cause a rolling of the eyes and the thought, “it must nice” going through their mind. So, which is right, to live the fantasy of only thinking about this moment or to take off the veil over your eyes and to take on life head on? In his poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" Christopher Marlowe writes about a young shepherd in love. Marlowe main focus is on the argument that the shepherd is trying to make to his love, pleading with her to come live with him and enjoy the pleasures of the life. In his poem "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" Sir Walter Raleigh uses the young girl as the speaker responding to the shepherd in direct response to Marlowe’s poem. The young girl thinks realistically and points out the flaws in the perfect life the young shepherd has proposed to her. The shepherd seems to be very much of an optimist, whereas the young girl is a realist. Looking closely on both poems you can see the first one presents dreams, hopes, material goods, and objects while the other poem presents reality. The arrangement of these two poems is the same where both have six stanzas containing four lines each. In "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" the young shepherd largely uses nature to appeal to his love. He tells her they will sit and watch the other “shepherds feed their flocks” and listen to “melodious birds sing madrigals” (598). He says he will make “beds of roses” and give her “fragrant posies” (598). The shepherd implies that they will have a life of luxury and pleasure. He promises her “a gown made of the finest wool” and “Fair lined slippers for the cold; with…...

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