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Experience of Literature The Nymph and the Landslide For this comparative essay I have chosen to compare the poem The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Ralegh to the song Landslide written by Stevie Nicks and performed by the band Fleetwood Mac The content of the essay will focus on the tone theme sound effects imagery point of view and form between the two works In The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd the tone of the poem is non-optimistic The nymph can not see the idealistic view of the shepherd ever working She relates everything will change due to time and therefore believes the shepherds love will not last forever as well The nymph states Time drives the flocks from the field to foldWhen rivers rage and rocks grow coldpg 899 Bedford This shows us that she feels nothing will last because eventually time takes over and everything changes Even with all the offers the shepherd had for her she still rejects him with the doubt that it will not be everlasting She says Thy gowns thy shoes thy bed of roses Thy cap thy kirtle and thy poisesSoon break soon wither soon forgottenpg 899 Bedford which amplifies her statement that she doubts the shepherds love At the end of the poem the nymph reverses her views but we find that she asks for impossible feats to happen in order for her to love the shepherd The terms on which she states that she would love the shepherd are But could youth last and love still breedHad joys no date nor age no needThen these delights my mind moveTo live with thee and be thy lovepg 900 bedford This shows that if time and change never occurred she would love the shepherd because it would be forever On the other hand the tone of Landslide is very reflective The narrator is reflecting on her love and how she spent it
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