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The Passionate Shepherd come His Love


1588

Christopher Marlowe 1564 - 1593


The Passionate Shepherd come His Love (1588)

Christopher Marlowe


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Come live with me and also be mine love,And we will certainly all the pleasures prove,That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will certainly sit ~ above the Rocks,Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks,By shallow Rivers to who fallsMelodious birds song Madrigals.

And I will certainly make thee bed of RosesAnd a thousands fragrant posies,A lid of flowers, and also a kirtleEmbroidered all v leaves the Myrtle;

A gown make of the finest woolWhich from our pretty Lambs we pull;Fair inside wall slippers for the cold,With buckles the the pure gold;

A belt the straw and also Ivy buds,With Coral clasps and Amber studs:And if this pleasures might thee move,Come live with me, and also be my love.

The Shepherds’ Swains candlestick dance and singFor thy happiness each May-morning:If this delights thy mind might move,Then live v me, and be mine love.


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This poem is an example of a genre that poetry that was renowned in Elizabethan times when Marlowe to be writing referred to as “pastoral”. It gift an idealised view of the countryside whereby the likes of innocent shepherds live and love in tranquil surroundings. However, also within a gentle, elegant, melodious city is there an air of insistent trust in the repeated “we will” phrases. Is this in reality a city of seduction? Or perform you perceive a feeling of yearning and also longing? The city is certainly pleasing ~ above the ear through its rhyming couplets and also regular metre whilst alliteration and also assonance abound. Just how do these poetic devices influence the way you respond to this poem?

The roses mentioned in city three space timeless icons of love yet is it significant that the shepherd here refers come “beds” of roses and afterwards mentions “pleasures”? In some means the shepherd might appear increasingly desperate together he begins to offer his love much more and an ext opulent presents making use of gold, amber and also coral. We room left to wonder what his love’s answer could be but you might like to check out an imagined reply composed by sir Walter Ralegh: “The Nymph’s answer to the Shepherd” in other places in this anthology.

About Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe is a highly far-ranging contributor come the Elizabethan dramatic renaissance. The suppleness and also energy of his writing almost certainly affected Shakespeare and also another modern poet, Ben Jonson, composed appreciatively that Marlowe’s ‘mighty line’.

His composing career was relatively brief, start when he to be at Cambridge and ending v his violent fatality in 1593. Some historians suggest the Marlowe may have been a government spy and also that his death, which was reported together the result of a drunken brawl in a tavern, may have actually been politically motivated. Details that his brief life space surrounded in mystery.

His non‑dramatic poetry is ideal represented by Hero and Leander and his witty, sometimes explicit translations that Ovid’s Amores.

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Marlowe’s plays have actually epic scope. Tamburlaine the GreatEdward II and The Tragicall background of the Life and Death that Dr Faustus are all intensely powerful dramas and offer instances of the versatility and also richness of empty verse.