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The British Renaissance produced many types of literature for the world to see Shakespeare Spenser and Marlowe all contributed to the shaping of the time period Christopher Marlowes The Passionate Shepherd to His Love portrays one of the typical love poems that can be seen from the Renaissance A man is in search of the love of another girl or woman Sir Walter Raleigh wrote a poem in response to this passage of Marlowes entitled The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd Although the name of the girl is not stated anywhere in the former poem Raleigh decided to use a wood nymph as his subject The Shepherd seems to be a meaningful man His plead for the nymphs love seems true but is hollow The Nymphs reply frankly points this out to the Shepherd in her reply and jokingly refuses him her love The themes of age weather and the seasons and materialism all appear in the two poems Though both authors use them differently to show how love should be attained Love should be attained by use of the heart This theory is the premise of Christopher Marlowes The Passionate Shepherd to His Love The Shepherd in his poem offers the world to his Love and everything with it He is an old man and hopes to win the girls heart Notice the word hopes If these delights thy mind may move Then live with me and be my love And so the last two lines of the poem end Putting these lines at the very end of the poem emphasizes the unsure gestures of the Shepherd His age also brings up another very interesting view of Marlowes In the poem Marlowe expresses the idea that age has no influence upon love and a persons feelings The shallow rivers waterfalls birds singing and flowers all personify the Shepherds feeling that age has nothing to do with love and his hopes of winning the
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