Companion Poems

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Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Ralegh unravel the universal truth about humanity by examining the pastoral tradition in poetry, though their primary interest was not poetry. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" of Ralegh is considered as one of the most celebrated companion poems in English literature as it engages Marlow's "The passionate Shepherd to His Love" in dialogue as well as challenges the validity of a romantics' obsession for simple life.


Whether these two poems are successful as companion poems is evident from the literary and academic interest still existing.
Christopher Marlowe was best known for play writing and among Elizabethan playwrights he is considered second only to Shakespeare. Sir Walter Ralegh (1552-1618) was a true man of renaissance, capable courtier, able explorer and colonizer, and a talented writer of the Elizabethan Era. (Ralegh). Among the few poems of Ralegh "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is most popular and often reprinted along with Marlow's "The passionate Shepherd to His Love." In life, Marlow and Ralegh were contemporaries, friends, and are pioneers in team writing, and experimented with companion poem. For creating companion poems artists were working in dialogue with one another to create deep, lasting impressions with their audience, and Marlowe and Ralegh were successful in their effort as their two small poems still attract readers. ...
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