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"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" - Christopher Marlowe
Transcript of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" - Christopher Marlowe
Imagery The author's tone in this piece is
very passionate. What Kind of Poem
is This? This poem is a pastoral poem which means that it
is a poem about the country, or the country life.
They usually include shepherds or herders and a
setting in a very rural area. What Sets This Poem Apart? This poem is different from the others because
it is the only poem that is about blossoming love,
instead of a love that has died or failed. It is a
happy, hopeful, and encouraging poem that says love
does work, and it's passionate and powerful. It
reminds you to enjoy the simple things with your
person, whoever that may be, and to always
enjoy their company, even if it's just on a hill
in the country side. Presented by: Sam Dickson and Aylinn Hammond Christopher Marlowe was born in 1564, but only lived to be twenty nine and died in 1593 when he was murdered in a tavern over an argument about his bill. During his short life, he wrote a total of six successful plays, his first one being "Tamburlaine The Great." Through his career, he profoundly influenced the development of the Elizabethan drama. He was the first to write a tragedy in English, which paves the way for Shakespeare later. There is question of whether he was in the queen's secret service, due to a small mishap where he was almost denied his masters degree for suspicion of conspiring against the queen. The queen's Privy Counsel sent a letter to Cambridge University, where he went to school and hinted towards the possibility that he may have been on her secret service. Elizabethan dramas are works created during the time when Queen Elizabeth was reining. We believe that Marlowe wrote this poem because he had a little lady friend that he was smitten with, and he may have wanted to woo her, or to express his own emotions in the best way he knew how. The author uses visual imagery
in lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 15 - 18. Line Three: That valleys, groves, hills, and fields.
Line Four: Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
Line Six: Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks.
Line Seven: Shallow rivers
Line Nine: Beds of roses.
Line Fifteen: Fair lined slippers for the cold.
Line Sixteen: Buckles of the purest gold.
Line Seventeen: Belt of straw and ivy buds.
Line Eighteen: Coral clasps and amber studs. Words to Know Prove: experience
Swains: Youths. Literary Elements Rhyme Scheme: AABB CCDD EEFF GGHH IIAA JJAA
Break it down! Stanza 1:
Come live with me and be my love
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
He is asking his lady to be with him. Stanza 2:
And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
by shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals
He says that together they will live a life of ease. Stanza 3:
And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle'
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.
He promises her the finest of things.
A gown made of the finest wool
Which from out pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;
He continues to promise her nice things. Stanza 5:
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.
He asks her to come with him and commit herself to him.
The shepherds' 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.
He's promising her that he will give her a good life, as long as she will be his, and promise herself to him.