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The Nymph s Reply to the Shepherd Sir Walter Raleigh writes of a nymphs reply to an eager shepherds request Through his stunning use of imagery and figurative language Raleigh paints an exquisite picture of true love versus the shepherd s lust In the poem the nymph compares the shepherd s love in the second quatrain to just a momentary feeling or even a crush when she says and Philomel becometh dumb the rest complains of cares to come By saying this the Nymph clearly states that the shepherds love for her is much like a season and will soon pass out of existence just as summer must one day turn to winter Sir Walter Raleigh also uses imagery when the Nymph speaks of the gifts that the shepherd can give her in the fifth quatrain she says to his offer Soon break soon wither soon forgotten In folly ripe in season rotten Again she tells the shepherd that there is no true love between them for just as a flower flourishes during the summer so might the shepherd s love but it will not last as the flower perishes during the winter so shall his love for her become bleak The nymph however does slow down to show the shepherd that there might be some hope for them when she says in the last quatrain But could youth last and love still breed has joy no date nor age no need By speaking these words the nymph indicates to the shepherd that if his love were never-ending and age was not to effect her beauty or his love for her Then these delights my mind might move to come with thee and be thy love However figurative language is not the only tool used in Sir Walter Raleighs poem to bring it to life
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