The speaker is seen to be using the mood of a gentleman, who lives in the countryside, but longs for the city life. From the flow of the diction and tone, the shepherd makes no evident attempt of a sordid kind of passion but instead, reaches out to his wife. A blazon is the method through which the speaker praises his beloved, singling out parts of her body with the help of metaphors. In this way, he allows the natural world to make his emotional appeal for him; nature and humanity are seen as one entity. Precious metals are a bit beyond the normal shepherd's budget, suggesting that even the speaker may not entirely believe his appeal to simpler beauty. The piece exhibits many of the qualities that make poetry, at least in its more traditional sense: a fixed stanzaic structure, regular meter a breezy iambic tetrameter , a traditional rhyme scheme including eye rhymes , abundant imagery and alliteration, and, of course, love. Sounds more like mother nature and hormones to me.
The seasons pass, as does time. If we could get away from these rules, we could return to a prisitine condition of happiness. This imagery adds to the idyllic unreal landscape that the speaker paints for his lover. Carpe diem is a Latin phrase meaning seize the day. Read more about this poem and the hidden truths behind its flowery promises. There's a fine line between lust and love, and Marlowe does a great job in this poem of showing his readers just how tricky it can be to tell the difference.
As the promises continue to drift outside the realm of what the speaker can actually guarantee, the speaker makes a crucial change of gears. Pastoral poetry plays off the very common romanticizing of rustic or country living with a 'back to nature' sentiment. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh 1600 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. Because the speaker changes his proposal for what the pair should do, one can read this stanza as extending his appeal because the woman is not yet convinced that she wants to live with him. Each morning young shepherds will sing for their delight. However, the woman is not given a voice in this poem and the speaker does not continue on to tell us her answer. While seizing the day is never explicitly addressed here, it is implied everywhere in the poem.
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 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. 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; A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair lined 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. The speaker uses nature to woo his lover, turning material objects into objects of nature. The next three stanzas are full of material offers. The shepherd will also use the wool from their lambs to make her dresses. 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.
And we're still not done. In todays world, where we run at such maddening pace, and are swamped over completely with electronic devices that rule us - it seems such lovely little things have become lost. I think it was such an intimate thing between poet and reader. And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals. And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow rivers, to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals. With this reality in mind, the speaker of this poem attempts to counter that by creating a picture of natural wealth and beauty. There will be nothing in the world from which the couple cannot feel passion.
A bed of roses and posies in place of fine silks and perfumes suggests a richer, more rewarding, and simple life. The shepherds's 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 second stanza is about how lovers should consider spending their recreational time in the parks by the rivers and rocks, instead of at banquets or in theaters. 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; A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair lined 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. Normally we should sieze the day because time flies. He remained in Cambridge until 1587, writing and pursuing his studies. In addition, he has used floral to suggest fertility of the countryside.
The speaker offers his audience a choice at the end of this stanza using the imperative that he began with. They'll explore valleys, groves, hills and fields, they'll sit on rocks and watch the shepherds, and they'll listen to birds sing to the tune of waterfalls. To my mind, this brings out the sexual tone in this poem, despite critics terming it as naive and relatively innocent. This includes a life of leisure, watching the shepherds tend their flocks and listening to birds sing from hilltops. 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.
Stanza Three 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; The shepherd still has a number of different enticements to offer his lover in the hope that she will join him. 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. In 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,' this contemporary idea of giving in to desire finds a very natural partnership with the pastoralist ideas of good country living that go back to Horace. The main idea of this poem is romantic love mingled with themes such as man, the natural world, and time. The pleasant poetry represents a poetic way to create a pastoral landscape. This slight change to the line allows the woman to choose now that she has heard his argument as to why she should live with him. The promises include slippers and a bed of roses, which serve as symbols of care and devotion for the relationship.