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Love's True Reply
There are many notions of love and perhaps numerous discerning views of the role that
courtship plays between a man and women. The fact remains true: love like all emotions is
directly tied to time, the passage of time and its effects on the given situation. The
idea that the "courtier", most often the active male, and the "courted", or notably the
passive female, represents a structure of power so prominent in traditional roles of
courtship. This noted relationship between man and woman, can be seen in the poetic
exchanges between Christopher Marlowe's, The Passionate Shepard to his Love and Sir Walter
Ralegh's, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd. In observing their obvious and sometimes
parallel connections, it is apparent that love's only true reply is determined through the
passage of time.

To begin with, the structure and creation of both poems alone are consistent and relative.
The success of Ralegh's reply is dependant solely on the requests of the courtier. Without
our shepherd pleading for love, the nymph can have no substance to direct her witty
replies. Therefore the stanzas in each poem often mirror one another. Simply stated,
Ralegh's poem answers the request shepherd. Marlowe begins with the proposal for the
maiden to "Come live with me and bee my Love" (1). This statement is echoed in some form
throughout both poems. His request is simple yet sincere, with "all (her) pleasures
proved" (2) if only she will live with him and be his love. He is claiming to give her
everlasting love through his materialistic world. This pastoral notion of love represents
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