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Love The two poems written by Raleigh and Marlowe are interesting Marlowes poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love basically propositions a woman to sleep with a man where Raleighs The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd responds negatively Marlowes poem is a Shepherd asking a nymph for favors Raleigh responds saying no The two poems follow each other closely and refer to the same subjects The big difference in the poems is that Marlowes poem is not realistic whereas Raleighs is The whole poem seems a little shaky and irresponsible The Nymph really knows about life and the Shepherd wants a fairy tale The Shepherds poem seems to be about material possessions and intangible dreams The poem states that the Shepherd is willing to give the Nymph a lot of meaningless things and they will live together forever Love cannot be based upon material things especially the trifles that the Shepherd promises He claims he will give her such things as beds of roses and a thousand fragrant posies and a belt of straw and ivy buds with coral clasps and amber studs These things are nice but not the substance needed for love Love is based on feelings emotions Not ivy and straw The Shepherd never alludes to any sort of life arrangement either It could be concluded that the man wants merely a physical relationship and although physical gifts are all it takes for some women the Nymph is not so dumb The Nymph apparently has some plans for the future that do not involve the Shepherd Maybe the Nymph doesnt even like the Shepherd Regardless of that the Nymph obviously knows her stuff The Shepherd seems to be using if you will a bad campaign strategy He is approaching the Nymph in the wrong way for true love Perhaps he doesnt want true love just an affair This is a possibility but no matter what the Shepherd wants the Nymph has
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