The Question and Answer section for Christopher Marlowe’s Poems is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
While the first stanza in the Passionate Shepherd is filled with the promise of joy and eternal beauty, the nymph's reply (first stanza) is guarded and even skeptical.
In the end, the nymph states that she would accept the shepherd’s offer if “could youth last” and “had joys no date.”
The pastoral images of beauty and a life of eternal spring are debunked in the latter stanzas. The girl questions the promises the shepherd makes implying that they are empty and not realistic. Te girl knows that seasons change regardless of what...