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DAY 1: POETRY CHALLENGE

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

This is the first poem in The Random House Treasury of Best-Loved Poems. It is a good poem to start off my 30-day challenge because it is easy to read, has a nice rhythm and brings images of rolling hills dotted with fuzzy black-faced sheep to mind. Happy thoughts filled my head as I rode the 5:55 train into Philly.

I remember reading this poem in 8th grade English class. I don't remember the discussion. I like the poem's simplicity and idealistic view of love.

My favorite stanza: The shepherd is promising to make his love,

                    "A gown made of the finest wool
                    Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
                    Fair-lined slippers for the cold,
                    With buckles of the purest gold;"

The words flow easily and I like the rhyme sequence.

I only had a vague idea of what "kirtle" and "madrigals" are, so I looked them up in the dictionary.
A kirtle is a woman's long dress or skirt (or a knee-length tunic or coat for a man).
A madrigal is an unaccompanied vocal composition for two or three voices in simple harmony.

Reading poetry (or even the same poem over and over) on the train to work, is a uplifting start to the work week.

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kellyrfineman
Oct. 14th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I love this poem, and posted about it before, with Sir Walter Raleigh's reply poem. I've also sung a version of it before - I think it was a choral setting, but it may have been a solo piece.

And I would make thee beds of roses
and a thousand fragrant posies . . .
angeladegroot
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you. I love roses, though I've never bedded on them before.
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