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'The Passionate Shepard to his Love' - What do you find interesting about the poets use of language in this poem? How successful is it in conveying emotions for the loved one.

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Introduction

Victoria Collard 12C Read 'The Passionate Shepard to his Love'. What do you find interesting about the poets use of language in this poem? How successful is it in conveying emotions for the loved one. You may wish to consider: Ideas, sound, choice of vocabulary, grammatical features, form, rhyme and rhythm, development of ideas and themes, points of views. 'The Passionate Shepard to his Love' was written by Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593), the poem is about a Shepard talking of all the wonderful things he and his love could do in the countryside if they lived there together. The poet is speaking directly to his love and throughout the poem there is a tone of persuasion, as the Shepard attempts to persuade his love to live with him by offering her all of the riches of the countryside. The poem contains 6 stanzas and each stanza contains its own theme/idea. Stanza 1 contains an idea of the countryside. There is a lexical set of natural beauty 'hills', 'valleys', 'dales', 'fields', 'woods' and 'mountain yields.' ...read more.

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E.g. 'flocks' give an imagery of sheep and sheep live in the countryside off of the land. The poet uses the word 'their', this emphasizes that the Shepard and his love would be equal and share everything equally. Stanza 3 talks about what the Shepard will make to please his love. There is a lexical set of flowers 'beds of roses', 'fragrant posies', 'flowers and a kirtle' and 'leaves of myrtle.' This set gives a connotation of freshness, which gives an image of a new start and a chance for everything to be perfect. The 'fragrant posies' appeal to his loves senses, a beautiful scent to surround her throughout the day. The poet has already satisfied his loves sense of sight by creating beautiful images for her for example 'shallow rivers', and he has used 'melodious birds sing madrigals' to appeal to her sense of hearing. The poet is trying to appeal to all of the woman's senses as a means of persuasion. ...read more.

Conclusion

The last stanza, stanza 6 contains alliteration in the first line 'Shepard swains shall dance and sing,' this alliteration gives a tone of a song as the last line in stanza 2 did, it keeps the poem joyful and happy. 'If these delights thy mind may move,' this line is a deliberate attempt to slow down the poem to emphasize that the poet is trying to appeal to her intellect too. The poem ends with the line 'then live with me and be my love,' this is his final attempt to persuade his woman to live with him. The final repetition of this line is his last and final plea for her to come and live with him, he is saying that if she truly wants all of these glorious things then she knows what to do, she should come and live with him in the beauty of the countryside. * Things I still need to work on are the poet's intentions and more in depth analysis. * I think I can best develop this by talking to other members of the group on their opinions and having more lessons of group work in class. ...read more.

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