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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Below are the two poems, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” and “Nymph’s Reply”. The first poem is a proposal to an imaginary woman. The second poem is in response to this imaginary poem. See if you can determine from these two poems what the nature of the conversation is.

To do this assignment you will need to use this vocabulary.

  • Alliteration: Repetition of consonant sounds. For example, “pleasures prove”
  • Personification: Giving inhuman objects or animals human characteristics
  • Assonance: Repetition of vowel sounds. For example, “me and be”
  • End Rhyme: The rhyming of the end words
  • Iambic Pentameter: An Iamb is the stressed/ unstressed sound in a word. Pentameter means that there are 5 feet, or 5 iambs in a line of poetry.

Please do the following:

  1. Highlight the passages that shows at least 2 or more of the literary devices in each poem. Tell us which device is being used and what it’s affect is.
  2. Summarize the poem and tell us what the author is suggesting.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Christopher Marlowe

COME live with me and be my Love,

And we will all the pleasures prove

That hills and valleys, dale and field,

And all the craggy mountains yield.

There will we sit upon the rocks


And see the shepherds feed their flocks,

By shallow rivers, to whose falls

Melodious birds sing madrigals.

There will I make thee beds of roses

And a thousand fragrant posies,


A cap of flowers, and a kirtle

Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool

Which from our pretty lambs we pull,

Fair linèd slippers for the cold,


With buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds

With coral clasps and amber studs:

And if these pleasures may thee move,

Come live with me and be my Love.


Thy silver dishes for thy meat

As precious as the gods do eat,

Shall on an ivory table be

Prepared each day for thee and me.

The shepherd swains shall dance and sing


For thy delight each May-morning:

If these delights thy mind may move,

Then live with me and be my Love.

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd


If all the world and love were young,

And truth in every Shepherd’s tongue,

These pretty pleasures might me move,

To live with thee, and be thy love.

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.

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields,

To wayward winter reckoning yields,

A honey tongue, a heart of gall,

Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall.

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.

DMU Timestamp: September 28, 2016 13:52

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