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Language Arts IV

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd:
"Nymphs Grow Old and Shepherds Grow Cold"

TSWBAT: Read and compare the realistic elements in "A Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" to the idealistic elements in "A Passionate Shepherd to His Love."

1) Review pastoral poetry.
What are some elements of pastoral poetry that we discussed on Tuesday? Or, some terms we used to describe pastoral poetry? (May use notes).
Possible answers: (board)
a) carpe diem
b) set in an idealized countryside/ idealistic character types (beautiful maidens, shepherds, farm wives, farmers)
c) pastor
d) free love
e) optimistic, happy tone
f) themes of youth, love, innocence

1) On Tues. we read, "A Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and we determined that the speaker (shepherd) wanted his love (nymph) to live with him.
2) Today, we will read "A Nymphís Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh, where the nymph responds to the shepherd's proposal. Distribute handout.
**Students will follow along and fill-out Pre-Reading section of the guided notes during the lecture/discussion.
3) Note that this poem is by a different author- Sir Walter Raleigh.
What do you remember about Sir Walter Raleigh? Lived during the same time period as Marlowe; soldier; politician; courtier of Queen Elizabeth (couldn't publish poetry because it was considered undignified to do so); favorite of the Queen, but he fell from her favor when he secretly married one of her maids of honor; years later, it was believed he committed treason against James I.
4) Even though they lived during the same time period (friends), he did not believe in this carpe diem way of life. Instead, he believed in a something else- tempus fugit.
5) Website-
6) Normally, you would think that someone would want to seize the day b/c time flies.
Why does Raleigh think that because time flies, we shouldn't seize the day?
7) Raleigh believes that we live in a fallen world, full of disappointments.
8) Now that you have some background on Raleigh, how do you think the nymph is going to reply to the shepherd?
9) Read poem together. (p. 225)
10) Answer Post-Reading questions in teams (play music) and then review answers.

Nymphs grow old, and shepherds grow cold.
Tomorrow: Working in pairs writing your own modern-day form of pastoral poetry- either idealistic proposal or realistic reply.
Collect handouts.

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."

-Emily Dickinson


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