The Nyphs Reply Poetry Interpretation Essay

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The Nyphs Reply Poetry Interpretation

Cameron Munson
English 5
Mr. D
Poetry Analyzation Essay
1-31-00

What Is Love Worth?
A typical situation, in these modern times is the picture of a man and woman living
together without marriage. Even more common than this is a man claiming his love and life
for a woman then moving on after he becomes bored with her. This idea between man and
woman hasn't changed over the years. In "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", by
Christopher Marlowe and "The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh, shows
this battles. The question is if the love is real or superficial, and also if it's
everlasting true love.

The idea that love or infatuation is so strong that it can take man's emotion and lust to
blind him and tool him into believing it's love is a terrifying thought. Marlowe begins a
plea with the Lady, by promising to "all pleasures prove". His first proposal only offers
experiences that can be shown or felt by either lust, or lies. Figuring he can use his
honey-sweet talk, to win her over, then never be held accountable for his promises. The
shepherd next moves to complimenting her beauty and by speaking of "coral clasps and amber
studs", which of course can't compare to her. Speaking only of gifts that are beautiful
alludes to his fascination with her own beauty. Material gifts that can only be used and
remembered in the physical world, are sadly ignored by Marlowe, but recognized by Raleigh.
Never commenting on anything that is found with in his heart, but only speaking of
skin-deep gifts, justifies Raleigh's anger in "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherds."

What can you expect if it is only skin-deep not true love. Recognizing that the Shepherds
love only remained true with youth, Raleigh asks "But could youth last and love still
breed." The Nymphs response understands its only her beauty that had captured his heart. A
beauty that will soon fade as her youth passes her by. Alluding to time as a murderer in
line 12 "Is fancy's spring; but sorrows fall." Is a constant motif in the Nymphs reply to
the Shepherd. Using fall as a pun, meaning that just like in the regular year fall comes
at the end, so will her "fall" at the end of her youth. Knowing that all Marlowe's words
will end when her beauty has ended forces Raleigh to refuse the offer to be his lady.
Raleigh keeps his head throughout this entire saga, never allowing any emotions to blind
him into falling for Marlowe's trap of lies.

Many lovers question questioning if love can be eternal or just trivial flings. Raleigh
asks, "Time drives the flock from field to field." Coming straight to the point and asking
Marlowe if his love will be inconsistent, and change just as the seasons. The reply made
by Raleigh implies that it is common for this Shepherd had supposedly changed from one
lady to the next. In fact, Raleigh's next reply asks why Marlowe speaks of roses and fine
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