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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

by Christopher Marlowe

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Does the poem change if you think of the speaker as female and the addressee as male?
  2. What is the effect of not having a response from the speaker's love? What do you think the response would be? 
  3. And what would your response be? In other words, do you think the speaker makes a convincing argument?
  4. Should we trust the speaker of this poem? Does he seem like a stand up guy, or does he have ulterior motives? How can you tell?
  5. What is the role of love in the poem? Does it have one? Or is this about something decidedly less noble and classy?
  6. What's with the pastoral form? And the tetrameter? Why write a love poem about a shepherd when you can write a love poem about, you know, real people?

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