Compare And Contrast The Passionate Shepherd To His Love By Christopher Marlowe With The Passionate Astronaut To His Love By Greg Smenda.

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Compare and contrast The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe with The Passionate Astronaut to His Love by Greg Smenda.The passion for romance is something for human beings for thousands and thousands of years has never been changed, they always willing to give the best they have to their love, in order to move their hearts immediately. Both of the poem of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and "The Passionate Astronaut to His Love" are showing the addressers' patronal romance like others did. However, with the change of time setting, to scene can be so different. One is more classic and humanity and the other one is more modern and technical.Classic and humanityIn"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", the first line of the first stanza, the shepherd makes gently and directly calls to his love. The Shepherd invites his love to come with him and "pleasures prove" (line 2.) This immediate reference to pleasure gives a mildly romantic tone to this poem. He implies that the entire landscape of the countryside of England "Valleys, groves, hills and fields/Woods or steeply mountains" will prove to contain pleasure of all kinds for the lovers. He use the beauty of nature to offer his love. It's a very common theme in pastoral poetry. The next stanza suggests that the lovers will take their entertainment not in a theatre or at a banquet, but sitting upon rocks or by rivers.The third, fourth, and fifth stanzas are a kind of list of the "delights", mostly sartorial, that the Shepherd will make for his love. The list of the things he will make for his lady reveal a great deal about the situation of the "Shepherd" and what he can offer his love. But in reality this increasingly fanciful list of gifts such as the gold buckles, the coral clasps, and the amber studs could only come from a member of the gentry, or a merchant in a town. The fantasy of bucolic paradise is entirely idealized. Incidentally, the plants mentioned (roses, flowers, and myrtle) are conventional horticultural expressions of romance. The rose, especially, was sacred to the goddess Venus (and it is how roses have come to symbolize romantic love in some modern Western cultures.)The image of the Shepherd as a member of the gentry becomes complete when, in the last stanza, it is said "The shepherd swains shall dance and sing/ for thy delight each May-morning." The picture here is of other shepherds doing the speaker's bidding. The poem ends with an "if" statement, and contains a slightly somber note. There is no guarantee that the lady will find these country enticements enough to follow the Shepherd, and since the construction of them is preposterous and fantastical to begin with, the...

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