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Love Poetry - The first poem I chosen is 'The passionate shepherd to his love' written by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), 'The nymph's reply to the shepherd' by Sir Walter Ralegh (1552-1618) and finally 'Bredon Hill' written A.E. Housman (1859-1936).

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Love Poetry For my literature essay I have decided to write about three poems each showing a different view of love. The first poem I chosen is 'The passionate shepherd to his love' written by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), 'The nymph's reply to the shepherd' by Sir Walter Ralegh (1552-1618) and finally 'Bredon Hill' written A.E. Housman (1859-1936). I have chosen these three poems because each of them have a different view of love and what each poet is prepared to do for love. The third poem I have chosen is in reply to the second poem and it takes a very different view of love in how it isn't always good and how it can fade. Some of the poems are realistic but others are very romanticized. Using these three poems I am going to contrast the view of love taken by each poet. The first poem I have choosen to comment on is 'The Passionate Shepherd To His Love' written by Christopher Marlowe. In this poem we see a very romanticized view of how this poet sees love. This poem focusses on the things that the poet can give his love but if you look closely he has promised her things which are impractical and that will soon fade or break. ...read more.


The girl then goes on to say that if these things could last she would agree to be with but since they do not she says she can't love him. Most typical love poems would have the girl say yes but in this poem it has shown that love is not all sweetness and happiness but that it can fade or even die in some cases. When you compare this poem to what it is replying to its seems very negative but infact it is because the poem written by Christopher Marlowe is very romanticized that is appears like this. Moving onto my third and final poem which is 'Bredon Hill' written by A.E.Housman we see that it is a typical love poem about a young couple but at the end there is a twist. This poem tells us the story of a young couple who plan to marry but before they can the young girl dies. The poet then goes on to say they would lie on Bredon Hill in the summer and listen to the birds and the church bells ringing while they thought of their future. In stanza 3 they ignore the bells calling them to church sunday. ...read more.


In each of them the view is very different and is effective in their own way. I feel that both Brendon Hill and The passionate Shepherd to His Love are typical love poems but The Nymph's Reply To The Shepherd is very realisitc as it shows that love is not all beautiful and golden but that it can fade and will be lost. The poet has shown that you dont need to offer expensive gifts to have love. Each poem has its own way of getting its point across and I think that each of them did in their own way. The first two poems I looked at were written around the same period but the third poem was written some time later. This is seen very clearly as the first two take a different view on love compared to the last poem. All three poems are similar in that they tell a love story and show how great love can be but the second and third poem go futher and say that love isn't always great and that there will be many problems. One theme which is common in all three poems is nature. They all talk about nature and the seasons. Some of them are not very graphic but they have a lot of feeling and emotion in them. ...read more.

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