Here, Raleigh imitates the glaring grammatical mistake found in the Marlowe poem: But there are also bits of original trickery in the Raleigh poem.
The poem is in iambic tetrameter. It is made up of six four-lined stanzas or quatrains, where each iamb regularly alternates between stressed and unstressed syllables. The emphatic rhythms focus on creating pauses in order to make the poem more rhetorically expressive.
Time drives the flocks from field to fold, When Rivers rage and Rocks grow cold, And Philomel becometh dumb, The rest complains of cares to come.
Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of Roses, Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten: In folly ripe, in reason rotten.
Thy belt of straw and Ivy buds, The Coral clasps and amber studs, All these in me no means can move To come to thee and be thy love. But could youth last, and love still breed, Had joys no date, nor age no need, Then these delights my mind might move To live with thee, and be thy love. The Nymph Mocks the Shepherd The poem begins and ends her explanation in the subjunctive mood; this helps set up the rhetorical style of the poem as she contrasts the hypothetical vision of the shepherd to her own morally reflective understanding.
The diction of the poem is alluring. This sense of mockery is found in the end-rhyme of each line. The words forgotten and rotten, which are taken from the end of the fifteenth and sixteenth lines, help focus the imagery in the poem.
The nymph explains to the shepherd that any gift he may give, to win her heart, will soon grow old, break, and be forgotten. It quickly becomes apparent throughout the poem that the nymph is attempting to help the shepherd.
While the shepherd can only focus on his love for the nymph, thinking only of the gifts that he will give her, she attempts to show him the irony of their discourse, relaying to him the mortality of his pastoral life. Mortality and Materialism The first is the thematic approach of the entire poem itself.
Behind the great insight of the timeless nymph, there is a structural understanding of life itself, something the shepherd is not utilizing in his conquest. She is wise because she understands the basis of a mortal life; this would be the understanding of her reason, and is portrayed in the entirety of the poem.
Without reason, there can be no insight. Through reason, she approaches the reasoning of the shepherd, or lack thereof. When the shepherd compares his love for the nymph with the life that he lives, he offers her gifts, for everything he knows as a mortal being is materialistic and temporary.
Giving a materialistic gift to the nymph would be folly. The real world that she attempts to show in her rejection of the shepherd predicates the fourth and final theme within the poem, the understanding of time.
Through a better understanding of mortality, reasoning, love, and time, the nymph sets out to help the shepherd comprehend the foundation of her rejection, why a life together would not work. Through the undying timeless beauty that is the nymph, it seems as though the shepherd has lost all consciousness of reasoning as he attempts to fabricate his love for her through gifts and mortal standards or ideals.
From the beginning, it should have seemed to the shepherd that this relationship could have no avail, and that simple deductive reasoning would bring about a quick denouement.
The lack of reasoning is what creates this poem, and throughout the text, the nymph tries to revive reason within the shepherd. Lack of Reasoning The lack of human reasoning throughout time is alluded to within the last lines of the second-to-last stanza. Brooke goes one step further and relates these lines to the creation story within the Bible.
In the beginning, there was still reasoning, for there was free will; free will will encompass reasoning because of the brain's natural ability to put value on right and wrong.
It always seems hardest to explain reason, when those who you are reasoning with have no sense to listen. As the nymph rejects the shepherd, she focuses on helping the shepherd realize that he is not in love with her, but in lust. The aspect of explaining his folly must be the most difficult task in her trilemma.
If at first reasoning fails, surely the task of making someone realize their lust over love must prove to be much more difficult.
By saying these lines, the nymph clearly expresses that the shepherd's love for her is much like a momentary season and will soon pass out of existence, just as summer must one day turn to winter. With the passing of this feeling, the shepherd will come to realize what the nymph had been trying to tell him the entire time, and he will realize that all he had offered such as gifts and emotion eventually wither and fade.
She tells him that not even the deepest love between two beings can last, that young love grows old, and never stays young. She states that neither her world, nor the world of the shepherd stays the same, and she determines that everything grows with age, just as love will grow and eventually die with the mortality of the human body.
However, there is a twist at the end of the poem where the nymph speculates on impossibility. In the last stanza, the nymph shows signs of the first glimmer of positive hope: But could youth last and love still breed, Had joys no date nor age no need, Then these delights my mind might move To live with thee and be thy love.“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” is Sir Walter Raleigh’s response to a poem written by Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” In the Marlowe poem, the shepherd proposes to his beloved by portraying their ideal future together: a life filled with earthly pleasures in a .
Nov 30, · The poem, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” was written by Sir Walter Raleigh, and is a response from a nymph rejecting a shepherd’s proposal of love. The poem is in iambic tetrameter. It is made up of six four-lined stanzas or quatrains, where each iamb regularly alternates between stressed and unstressed plombier-nemours.coms: 4.
Nov 30, · An Analysis of "The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh. Updated on August 11, JourneyHolm. The poem, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, The flowers do fade, and wanton fields, To wayward winter reckoning yields,Reviews: 4. 1 If all the world and love were young, 2 And truth in every shepherd's tongue, 3 These pretty pleasures might me move 4 To live with thee and be thy love.
5 Time drives the flocks from field to fold, 6 When rivers rage and rocks grow cold, 7 And Philomel becometh dumb; 8 The rest complains of cares to come. 9 The flowers do fade, and wanton fields 10 To wayward. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd Introduction In A Nutshell Like most people who succeed in life, Sir Walter Ralegh had his fair share of both lovers and haters.
This poem by Sir Walter Raleigh uses the same meter and references to present "mirror images" of Marlowe's poem. The feminine persona (the nymph) of the poem sets up a hypothetical set of questions that undermine the intelligence of the man's offer because all that he offers is transitory.