“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
dales – valleys
melodious – musical
madrigals – a short, musical poem about love
posies – flowers
embroider’d – sewn
swains – young boys from the country
Questions and Answers
1. What, metaphorically, does the speaker want to prove in the first stanza?
The speaker wants his Lover to join in him in proving the pleasures of love.
4. Why has Marlowe capitalized “Love” in the first and last lines of the poem?
Answers may vary. Example: Marlowe is using the term as a proper noun and t the capitalization suggests added importance to the shepherd.This type of stanza is called a quatrain.
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