Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare
There are times when each of us feels depressed and full of self--pity. What does the speaker in the sonnet do to cheer up during such moments?
When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
1. When does the speaker feel sorry for himself and curse his situation?
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare presents a definition of true love in this sonnet. What type of love does he admire?
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
1. What are some of the things that love does not do?
by Christopher Marlowe
Christopher Marlowe was a poet and playwright who was born the same year as Shakespeare. This poem is one of the most famous Elizabethan lyrics. What does the shepherd offer his love?
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will sit upon the rocks,
And I will make thee beds of roses
A gown made of the finest wool
A belt of straw and ivy buds,
The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing
I. What is the shepherd asking of his love?
by Sir Walter Raleigh
Many replies were written to Marlowe's poem. Perhaps the most famous is by Sir Walter Raleigh. Does the nymph accept the shepherd's offer to "be my love"?
If all the world and love were young,
Time drives the flocks from field to fold,
The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
But could youth last and love still breed,
1. According to the first stanza, will the young girl accept the shepherd's offer?