Love's True Reply
There are many notions of love and perhaps numerous discerning views of the role that courtship plays between a man and women. The fact remains true: love like all emotions is directly tied to time, the passage of time and its effects on the given situation. The idea that the “courtier”, most often the active male, and the “courted”, or notably the passive female, represents a structure of power so prominent in traditional roles of courtship. This noted relationship between man and woman, can be seen in the poetic exchanges between Christopher Marlowe's, The Passionate Shepard to his Love and Sir Walter Ralegh's, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd. In observing their obvious and sometimes parallel connections, it is apparent that love’s only true reply is determined through the passage of time.
To begin with, the structure and creation of both poems alone are consistent and relative. The success of Ralegh's reply is dependant solely on the re...