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The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

The poem “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh (Ralegh), written in 1599, is a response to Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”.  The Nymph's reply shows that she denies and refuses every single argument that the shepherd states. She would go with him if the world and love were young, which is impossible. Moreover, she also expresses her opinion that all the pleasures he offered are not true.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Sir Walter Ralegh

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PR1105
  • PR1175

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Lim, Walter S.H.  The Art of Empire: The Poetics of Colonialism from Ralegh to Milton. 1998.  Call Number:  PR428. I54 L56 1998.

Reference Materials

  • Concise Columbia Book of Poetry Call Number:  REF PR1175 .C6443 1990

o   Pgs.182-83

  • Poetry CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1010 .P6

o   Vol. 31, pgs. 235, 269

  • Poetry for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1112 .P752

o   Vol. 14, pgs. 239-253

  • Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800Call Number:  REFPN 86 .L53

o   Vol. 39, pgs. 96, 121

  • Sauer, Michelle M.,  Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600Call Number:  REF PR1175 .F19 2008

o   Pgs. 293-294

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  • JSTOR
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Literature Resources from Gale

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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