You know how everyone has that one friend who loves to "act a fool"? Yeah, the nymph in "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is definitely not that friend. In fact, she seems downright determined to avoid any situation or action which could possibly be described as foolish. In this poem, foolishness is the most cited reason for the nymph's rejection of the shepherd's pleas. Adhering strictly to reason keeps the nymph safe from potentially foolish decisions, but is she actually better off for being well-prepared?
The nymph compares the bloom and fertility of springtime to the foolishness of being in love. Way to go, little miss cynic.
The nymph's fear of foolishness keeps her from doing what she truly wants. Hasn't she ever seen that motivational poster: "Dance like no one is watching"?