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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
by Sir Walter Ralegh

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(3) Base Camp

This is a no-nonsense kind of poem that doesn't waste time bogging you down with complicated language or confusing syntax. A truly thorough reading of "The Nymph's Reply," however, does involve having a fairly extensive knowledge of the Marlowe poem, too. Final verdict: we're placing this poem at base camp because, even though it's technically just one poem, you kind of need to know two if you want to get the most out of your climb.

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