Nymph - Hill 1 What attitude does the speaker of The Nymphs...

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Hill 1 What attitude does the speaker of “The Nymph’s Reply” take toward love? Sir Walter Ralegh’s “The Nymph’s Reply” reveals the Nymph’s negative attitude towards love. The poem begins in a positive manner where the Nymph suggests that it would be nice to stay young and in love by saying “If all the world and love were young.” The Nymph is far from naive and recognizes that young love does not necessarily remain the same over time. The Nymph believes in love, but not with the Shepard or material things. If their love were to be true, continue to grow and be deep and everlasting then the Nymph would have a positive attitude towards love and the promises of gowns, shoes, roses and may be more appealing. This philosophy, negative attitude and distrust is shown throughout the poem through lines such as “When Rivers rage and Rocks grow cold,” and “A honey tongue, a heart of gall.”
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Unformatted text preview: The Shepard tries to court the Nymph through many promises of love and material items like “Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of Roses.” The Nymph doesn’t believe that these things will last but instead “Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten” nor do they appeal to her. Just as these promises and material items will not last neither will the love the Shepard has to offer the Nymph. She believes that all of those things along with their relationship will fade and change as the seasons do. Their relationship will change as time goes on from “fancy’s spring” to “sorrow’s fall.” When it comes to love the Nymph’s glass is half empty rather than half full. [260 words] Works Cited. Sir Walter Ralegh, The Nymph’s Reply....
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  • Spring '07
  • Herman
  • Interpersonal relationship, Walter Raleigh, Nymph, Nymph’s Reply, Sir Walter Ralegh

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