(Literature 2- MWF- 12:00-3:00pm)
It is a pastoral poem which is generally centered on the love of ashepherd to a certain maiden. The shepherd pledged to do theimpossible only to make the female accept his pleas. It displayssexuality and imposes young love. The shepherd promises and offersmany things to induce the maiden, like romantic entertainment andclothing, as if the time will stand still. The nature seems to be idyllictoo, as if the world is too safe and nothing can go wrong.
II.CharacterizationThe Passionate Shepherd
– he’s the voice in the poem,although amorous, he’s exaggerated, ridiculous and improvident.
The Shepherd’s Love –
the object of desire of the Shepherd,she’s passive since the author did not give her any voice.
Young country fellows whom the Shepherd mentionedin the last part will dance for his love.
The conflict in the story is
Man versus Himself
for he cannotcontain the feeling of wanting another person that is why he thinks of all the things he can say or even offer (although impossible) just tomake the woman he wants, come and live with him.
Although the theme of the story is said to have been
which means “seize the day” or to enjoy the moment without worryingabout the future, we cannot deny the fact that the shepherd has someissues. He just wants to take advantage of the feeling and of themaiden, for he promises no future, just the enjoyment of all thepleasures available at the moment. He just hoped to convince themaiden’s mind, but not her heart. Besides, there is no declaration of love, really.So the lesson to be learned here is to “Use your mind and not just your heart.” It is true that if we follow our hearts, we will be happy,but sometimes, our hearts get so filled with emotions that it becomesinefficient. That is where our minds should take its course, for it isnever wrong to think things through, to balance things out and tocontrol the things our hearts can’t especially in love.