Christopher Marlowe Essay

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Passion, love, and devotion are all found within the lines of Christopher Marlowe's poem, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" where a man expresses his love to a woman, hoping she will be with him forever. These forms of affection can be shown in many different ways. For example, some people show their love through their words; they can express their feelings in a way that makes their lover feel so special and worshiped. Other people are best at showing their love through their actions what they do for each other. The man in the poem uses both his words and actions to persuade the one he loves. Upon first reading this poem, I got a strong sense of love for this person to whom the man was speaking. Throughout the twenty-eight lines of the poem, the author is clearing very passionate about this other person that he is expressing his devotion to saying, "Come live with me and be my love". (Marlowe 1) He is telling her that he wants to just sit on the rocks with her and watch the shepherds feed their flock. He would make her slippers to keep her warm. He would even have his swains dance and sing for her every morning. The fact that he is not asking this person to be with him throughout the poem but instead simply stating the facts of how beautiful their life could be, makes me feel like the author is very certain of his feelings and knows what or who he wants. Love is not a question for this man; it is there already and it is up to this other person to decide whether they will or won't be with them. I found the whole thing to be very romantic and persuasive but not in a bad way. I myself being a single man looking for love was able to connect even more to this poem. Marlowe's use of romantic imagery made it very easy to follow. "There I will make thee beds of roses and a thousand fragrant posies". (Marlowe 9-10) To visualize the strong passion in the poem and to
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