The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd Discussion Questions

Walter Raleigh (professor)
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In the last stanza of the poem, what does the Nymph mean by age having need? How does this stand in the way of her relationship with the shepherd?

In this poem, the Nymph counters the shepherd's request to live with him and be his love. Rewrite the argument in prose, in modern language, so that it could be used by any young person today as a defense against pressure from a lover.

Compare the style of this poem to Christopher Marlowe's style in writing "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." In what ways has Raleigh matched Marlowe's style exactly? What clues can you find to indicate that the two works are by separate authors?

William Shakespeare wrote at the same time that Raleigh did. Choose a character from Shakespeare's plays that you think is most like the Nymph portrayed here. Why do you think so...

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