The Theme of Love

Topics: Poetry, Walter Raleigh, Love Pages: 4 (1425 words) Published: June 9, 2013
Does true love really exist or is it just a fantasy chased by many idealists? The question should be asked, what is love? Love can be categorised into the following four categories, namely: “Filios” which is love for your family, “Storge’ ” which is love for your friends, “Eros” which is a romantic love between two persons, and “Agape’ ” which is love for your God. Many people think they have discovered true love and in the end they are disappointed in hatred. Very few people go through life without disappointment. The idealists describe love as follow:

In the poem of Christopher Marlowe, “The passionate shepherd to his love”, an idyllic vision is illustrated. The idyllic vision is the tranquil and peaceful setting of the nature. The poem is a pastoral lyric, a poetic form that is used to create an idealised vision of rural life within the context of personal emotion. Marlowe wants the love of his life to come and live with him. Marlowe promise his lady “a gown made of the finest wool”, (stanza four, line one) and also “fair lined slippers for the cold, with buckles of the purest gold;” (Stanza four, line three and four). An important question should be asked. How did he manufacture the gown and slippers? Both, the gold and wool should have been processed and manipulated in factories to create the gown and slippers with gold buckles. The shepherd wants to show to his love that he can be productive and that he can take care of her. Marlowe employs alliteration (the repetition of the same consonant in the beginning of a sequence of words) to great effect with the soft, rolling sounds when he promised “pleasure prove” his lady and tries to persuade her to come and live with him. “Pleasure prove” (Stanza one, line two) can also be interpreted with a sexual connotation, although not a direct invite but rather a gentle innuendo (hinting on something/suggestion). The poet does not want the seasons to change, but to remain summer, because as the time...

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