“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” is a pastoral poem.
It is a poetic kind that concerns itself with simple life of country folk and describes that life in stylized, idealized terms. The people in a pastoral poem are usually shepherds, although they may be fishermen and other rustics who lead an outdoor life and more involved in tending to basic human needs in a simplified society.
Quick facts about pastoral poems: 1.World is always timeless 2.People are eternally young 3.The season is always spring usually May 4.Nature seems endlessly green and the future entirely golden 5.Difficulty, frustrations, disappointment and obligation do not belong in this world at all 6.It is blissfully free of problems 7.Language is informal and fairly simple
Vocabulary Words: 1.dales -valleys 2.madrigal -a secular part song without instrumental accompaniment used in the 16th – 17th century 3.posies - flowers 4.kirtle -a woman’s loose gown worn in the middle ages 5.myrtle -a female given name; a shrub with fragrant flowers and aromatic berries 6.swains -a male admirer or lover; a country lad 7.amber studs - yellowish knobs especially in ornaments
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE by: Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
ome live with me, and be my love And we will all the pleasures prove at hills and valleys, dales and fiel Woods or steepy mountain yields
And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks By shallow rivers, to whose falls Melodious birds sing
And I will make thee beds of roses, And a thousand fragrant posies; A cap of flowers, and a kirtle Embroider'd all with
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 ivybuds, With coral clasps and amber studs: An if these pleasures may thee move, Come live with me, and be
The shepherd-swains shall dance and sing For they delight each May morning: If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me, and be
The Elizabethan era in 16th-century England was a prolific period for English literature. Edmund Spenser (lower right), Christopher Marlowe (upper right), Sir Walter Raleigh (center), and William Shakespeare (left) were only a few of the many writers who created their great works during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Scene from Doctor Faustus In this scene from the play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1588?) by Christopher Marlowe, the figure of Faust, or Faustus, appears on the right, and the devil Mephistopheles on the left. Faustus is a German scholar who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. In Marlowe’s version of the legend, Faustus progresses from seeker of divine power to desperate penitent. But
- On beauty Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. Doctor Faustus
Now walk the angels on the walls of heaven, As sentinels to warn th' immortal souls To entertain divine Zenocrate. Referring to the death of Zenocrate, Tamburlaine's wife. Tamburlaine the Great
The reason no man knows; let it suffice, What we behold is censured by our eyes Where both deliberate, the love is slight; Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
When all the world dissolves, And every creature shall be purified, All place shall be hell that is not heaven.
It lies not in our power to love or hate For will in us is overrul'd by fate.
On love and hate
Set black streamers in the firmament, To signify the slaughter of the gods. On religion Tamburlaine the Great