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The first of two poems that I will be studying in this essay is Christopher Marlowes The Passionate Shepherd This poem was written at some point in the 16th century The poem is part of what is known as the Court Pastoral Tradition it was written for aristocrats and the rich It is sophisticated poetry for sophisticated people fanaticising about a simple life and gives the reader the idea of a rural paradise depicting the aristocrat as leading a simple rural life creating a deliberately artificial world combining natural goods and riches from the town The second of the two poems that I will be studying in this essay is Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress This poem was written in the 17th century later than the first poem The poem uses three methods of speech so as to persuade the writers coy mistress reluctant girlfriend to make love to him The first uses the Court Pastoral Tradition of writing in a sarcastic humorous way putting down Marlowes style of writing The next uses shocking imagery and the final part uses positive imagery As already mentioned Christopher Marlowes The Passionate Shepherd gives a very unrealistic simple almost dream-like view of life in the countryside This simplicity is further seen in the simplicity of form used throughout the poem using stanzas and simple rhyming couplets throughout And we will sit upon the rocks And see the shepherds feed their flocks By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals It is important to note that the writer of this poem Christopher Marlowe a Cambridge taught writer was a homosexual The lack and absence of sexual form in the poem is shown in how he is unable to properly portray a heterosexual relationship The title The Passionate Shepherd to his Love through the use of Passionate identifies
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