Young love is the best kind of love. A love with no worries, and no limits, a love everyone wish to keep forever. But sometimes, young love can blind us and lead to consequences in our future. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, and the Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, is two similar poems with different meanings about how to look at young love. So should we “seize the day” and enjoy the moment without worrying about the future, or should we be realistic and know that things will change eventually? The Passionate Shepherd to His Love is a pastoral poem about a shepherd who falls in love with a certain maiden and is trying to convince her to come live with him. The poem is focused on the promises and offers he tells her, such as; entertainment, clothing and pleasures.
To me it feels like he is just looking for a good time. The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd is almost like a rejection to him. The Nymph believes that the shepherd is doing all that for the wrong reasons. He knows that love doesn’t last forever, and beauty and pleasure don’t either. He just wants to take advantage of the maiden, even though he does not promise her a future. He just promises the enjoyment of all the pleasures and fun available at the moment. The Nymph knows that if the maiden accepts living with the Shepherd, it may not be what she wants for the future. Yes they might have the best time of their lives, but it’s only temporary until it gets boring and old.