THE NYMPH’S REPLY TO THE SHEPHERD

Do you think the nymph agrees with the promises made by the shepherd? Support your answer with a text from the poem.

(I think the nymph didn’t agree with the promises made by the shepherd since she clearly stated that those promises by the shepherd was insignificant or unimportant pleasure. This kind of promises are only temporary which will fade and forgotten soon as time passes by.  She thinks that time changing so fast and human lives are on fleet, same with the worldly things that the shepherd could give her. She believes that the world and love for them were not young anymore since it doesn’t remain young forever to let them enjoy all those passing pleasure. She viewed all those promises as transient materials and cannot be use in a practical way. She always replied to each promises of the shepherd in a negative perspective by explaining that life is too short same with the transient possessions he could give to her. And, this was based with a line from the poem:

If all the world and love were young,

And truth in every Shepherd’s tongue,

These pretty pleasures might me move,

To live with thee, and be thy love.)

2. Based on the first stanza of the poem, how would you describe the nymph’s attitude

towards the shepherd?

(Her tone and attitude the way she replied to the shepherd based on the first stanza of the poem are only realistic and honest. The nymph only viewed life in a practical and real-world manner. She just response to the shepherd by supporting real facts about life. The nymph thinks that the shepherd has coated all his words through promising an impossible setup if she will come and live with him in the countryside. She also pointed out that all those promises may soon fade and forgotten as time quickly changing. Her attitude towards the shepherd shows that she understands better the real situation wherein love doesn’t only focuses about giving short-lived wealth, and she knows that in this world, love also changes same with how seasons changes quickly. Lastly, she sees and knows that there is no guarantee if all those words in every shepherd’s tongue are truth or lies. No certainty in all of his promises as she explains it in the rest of the poem.)

3. In this poem, the author uses imagery that reflects change of seasons. What idea is being

conveyed through this imagery?

(In this poem, the author uses imagery that reflects change of seasons and the idea being conveyed here is that, love also changes and fades same with how the season changes. For me, maybe the speaker of the poem wants to tells us that her love towards the shepherd changed when the season changed too. Making a lot of reasons to reject the love and promises of the shepherd for her are only her excuses since she replied to it as she mocks those promises as impossible to happen. Changing of seasons means changing of love, the way she feels towards the shepherd changed as if as time passing by, her love for him is lacking and fading little by little. Maybe she’s not pleased with the promises made by the shepherd for her that’s why her interest and feelings changed.)

4. Do you think the nymph is being logical with her ideas and answers to the shepherd?

Support your answer.

(Yes, I think all those ideas and answers by the nymph towards the shepherd is logical. As a woman I understand how the nymph is being reasonable with her replies since she just only thinks for her future. She just being herself, wanting to explain to her lover that life is too short for temporary possessions that they might enjoy while living in this world. She just viewed life and love the ways she understands it, that every gifts and materialistic pleasures he may give to her, will soon be forgotten, broke and grows old as time pass by and have no power to make her move to come and live with him. Her views and opinions are clearly different on how the shepherd viewed life.)

5. What were the conditions that might make the nymph live with the shepherd? Support

your answer with a text from the poem.

(The conditions that might make the nymph live with the shepherd is when the world and love will remain young forever wherein they can enjoy physical pleasures and desires without worrying the fast-changing of time, then it’s the time that the nymph will come and live with the shepherd. And if all the words and promises coming out from the shepherd’s mouth are true, without lies, then she will live with him. And it is based with a text from the poem:

“If all the world and love were young,

And truth in every Shepherd’s tongue,

These pretty pleasures might me move,

To live with thee, and be thy love.”

Another condition that could change her mind and make her move is when youth could last for a very long time and if love will still breed. And having this delights wherein joys had no expiration date and age will not be needed anymore, then she will gladly accept the shepherd’s offer to come and live with him in the comfort of nature. It’s because the nymph really believes that in this world, love needs agelessness and immortality to enjoy pretty pleasures that they could have while living for eternity. It is based with the line from the poem:

“But could youth last, and love still breed,

Had joys no date, nor age no need,

Then these delights my mind might move                   

To live with thee, and be thy love.”)

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