Questioning the Original Tune In Claude W. Jones, 1590 Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. Lewis was born at Ballintubber, Queen's County now county Laois , Ireland. Autoplay next video Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. This plays into the theme of pastoral romanticism.
He has done his best, and is awaiting her answer. He uses the truth of his poor and difficult situation as a tool to entice his love. Let others freeze with angling reeds, And cut their legs with shells and weeds Or treacherously poor fish beset, With strangling snare or windowy net. His father was a Protestant clergyman. This 16th Century poem centers around a shepherd painting an idyllic picture of what country life will be like to the woman he loves.
At least, as far as we can tell. Is this a marriage proposal? The Greek poet Theocritis, in the third century B. It was meant to symbolize that this was a nuptial invitation, and that the Shepherd's lady was not strictly defined though she may well have been meant to be a virgin bride. Care on thy maiden brow shall put A wreath of wrinkles, and thy foot Be shod with pain: not silken dress But toil shall tire thy loveliness. He will use the flowers in their new abode to craft pieces of clothing like hats and petticoats.
The poem ends with a , as we never get to hear the love's reply. And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals. The meter provides a great deal of music and creates flow in the poem. With this reality in mind, the speaker of this poem attempts to counter that by creating a picture of natural wealth and beauty. It blends the traditional pastoral love of nature with the 16th century's increasingly sexual take on the carpe diem theme. Selected Bibliography Poetry Hero and Leander F. His occupation is now working in her favour and he is able to make her exactly, what he thinks, she wants.
He does not leave her without some idea of what it will be like to live with him, in fact, he spends the majority of the rest of the poem describing to his love what her life will be if she agrees. This tradition features artistic shepherds who enjoy a timeless spring. By contrasting the poems, the reader is convinced that truthfulness rather than spoken promises is the most effective means of achieving true love. This 'free love' approach may have sounded good in the fictional shepherd's mind, but what of his love? Each line contains exactly four heavy stresses, and the metrical feet are almost always iambic. The different emphasis on what constitutes love for the speakers of the two poems is very evident.
In todays world, where we run at such maddening pace, and are swamped over completely with electronic devices that rule us - it seems such lovely little things have become lost. Christopher Marlowe's 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' is an example of pastoral poetry, complete with living a simple life full of nature, love, and fun. William Corkine dedicated many of his books, and individual compositions, to a number of patrons and patronesses. It presents the pleas of a love-struck shepherd calling to his beloved to spend her life with him. The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing For thy delight each May morning: If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me and be my love.
Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online. The next recording is a slower version of the bass viol to the song. More information: If you are the original author of this content and no longer wish to have it published on our website then please click on the link below to request removal:. Throughout the poem, this new speaker points out that each of the passionate shepherd's promises would decay over time, leading to heartache and loss. In comparison the poems expose the speakers' use of separate methods to influence their loves.
The shepherds's swains shall dance and sing For thy delight each May morning: If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me and be my love. Literary Analysis This is a celebration of love, innocence, youth, and poetry. The same word and is repeated. Any poem that celebrates working or being in nature, especially keeping sheep as a shepherd, is called a pastoral. This connotation would have been known to Marlowe's readers. My favorite poets - all of the 18th and 19th centuries - use sight rhyme prolifically.
Shipley 300-1, was the first pastoralist poet, and he, too, wrote about shepherds. The young Edward, Edward V, was the heir to the throne. There are slight differences between the stressed syllables in both versions, and the verse that is sung has the more complicated stresses. The pastoral seeks to idolize a simple, rustic lifestyle. They will watch shepherds of which the titular speaker is ostensibly one, except here it is implied that he will have ample leisure feeding their flocks, or listening to waterfalls and the songs of birds. And I will; make thee beds of Roses And a thousand fragrant posies, 10 A cap of flowers, and a kirtle, Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle. The poem opened with a general request—come live with me and be my love—but it closes with a conditional one.
This includes a life of leisure, watching the shepherds tend their flocks and listening to birds sing from hilltops. The poem's context, content, and tone provide a deeper insight into the different ways love can be enticed. And I will make thee beds of roses And a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flowers, and a kirtle, Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle; A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair lined slippers for the cold, With buckles of the purest gold; A belt of straw and ivy buds, With coral clasps and amber studs: And if these pleasures may thee move, Come live with me, and be my love. Passionate Shepherd to His Love. But any studied analysis of the poem reveals its depth; the poem can be read as containing irony as written by an urbane man who longed for the city rather than the country, and thus constructed impossible rustic scenarios , serious and heartfelt emotion, a slight political commentary, a gentle sadness, and a transcendent love of nature. Again the last two line return to asking the love whether this enough for her to be wooed.