The Passionate Shepherd to His love
- Christopher Marlowe
- THEME: Amorous persuit
- The poem type is pastoral literature, meaning it uses shepherds and an idealized rustic landscape to explore indirectly a whole range of ideas and themes.
- Many pastoral literary works are about love, such as is the case with this poem.
- The poem has six stanzas, each is a quatrain.
- It follows iambic pentameter, and has a rhyme scheme of AABB. By making the lines rhyme with the last word, Marlowe created a feeling of joy and easiness that comes naturally when the lines flow so smoothly. This helps create an atmosphere of love and beauty.
- The poet’s persona in the poem is a shepherd, who is completely unrelated to Christopher Marlowe himself. The shepherd is lonely and wants to live with somebody. He never speaks of marriage, but just of the desire to live with his love.
- FIRST LINE: "Come live with me and be my love"