In the two poems, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love and The Nymphs Reply, shows love in different ways. These differences are showed mostly through the tone and point of view. In The Passionate Shepherd to His Love the tone of the writer was shown as passionate, committed and happy. “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”(Marlowe 21-24). In this poem, the tone of the Shepherd was filled with happy and positive emotions.
The Shepherd’s tone was pappy because he was expressing his feelings of his love to the Nymph that he Just wanted to sing, dance, and enjoy the rest of his life with her. He also added that he was looking towards a brighter future with the Nymph by showing her all the ways why she should come live with him. The Nymph Reply to the Shepherd was very negative and for that the tone was shown as a realistic and gloomy. For instance she replied to the Shepherd by saying his offers will fade and not stay forever. The gowns, thy shoes, thy bed of roses J The cap, thy circle, and thy posies J Soon break, non wither, soon forgotten/ in folly ripe, in reason rotten” (Raleigh 13-16). Reading both of the poems showed that this poem was more real and seemed to question would he actually do all those things for her? I think that the reason for that is that the Shepherd and the Nymph had different point of views which made the Shepherd’s tone more ideal and happy and the Nymph’s tone was realistic and gloomy. In these two poems, each speaker wanted to convince you with his point of view.
In The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, the Shepherd wanted to convince the Nymph to come and live with him in the country, in which he offered his love and the gifts nature would give her, “Come live with me and be my love”(Marlowe 1). The Nymph Reply to the Shepherd was that she doubted his offers and didn’t think that they were completely true because most of them will fade with time. “These pretty pleasures might me move”(Raleigh 3). I support the Nymph’s reason to doubt the Shepherd offers, because she was realistic and reasonable whereas the Shepherds poem seemed less reasonable and more of a dream.