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Contrasting Conditions of the Heart People cannot exist within the context of society without encountering the contrasting polarities of the human heart The theme in Christopher Marlowes poem The Passionate Shepard to His Love circa 1600 AD and the theme in Sir Walter Raleighs poem The Nymphs Reply to the Shepard circa 1552 -1618 AD portray the contrasting themes of love and hate Christopher Marlowes poem The Passionate Shepard to His Love is a poem that manifest hope love and eternal optimism Marlowes character is the archetype of goodness and strength Marlowe chose a shepherd for his character because a shepherd represents goodness strength and independence The character recalls the biblical significance denominated to a shepherd that of a leader a provider of sorts To date some denominations of Christian religions still call their congregations flocks and their leader a Pastor The first stanza of Marlowes poem is about a proposal that offers a future and offers the most beautiful condition of human existence love Come live with me and be my love 1 With this line the shepherd is making clear his intentions of marriage The author chose the word come because of the conviction it conveys He is not saying would or could No doubt is placed as to the shepherds love The shepherds love also is also boundless That valleys groves hills and fields Woods or steepy mountain yields 3-4 Love is again offered in the form of symbolic gifts Some gifts symbolize the shepherds inner beauty And I will make thee beds of rosesWith a thousand fragrant poises 9-10 These gifts are not material they are labours of love meant to symbolize the beauty he is offering Other gifts introduce a sense of materialism A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull Fair lined slippers for the cold With buckles of the purest gold 13-16 The
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