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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd | Study Guide

Sir Walter Raleigh

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Overview

Author

Sir Walter Raleigh

Year Published

1600

Type

Poem

Genre

Nature, Philosophy

Perspective and Narrator

The poem is written in the first person from the point of view of an unnamed speaker who is the "nymph" identified in the title. In classical mythology, a nymph is a minor deity often personified as a beautiful young woman associated with natural features such as forests, mountains, or streams.

Tense

The poem is mostly in the present tense, although stretches are written in the conditional future tense as the speaker considers potential and unrealistic futures.

About the Title

The title has two meanings. The poem is a response to English author Christopher Marlowe's famous 1599 poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." The poem's speaker, identified as a nymph, is also replying to the shepherd's unrealistic promises with a more realistic point of view.

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