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Rhetorical Devices in The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Rhetorical Devices Examples in The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd:

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"To come to thee and be thy love. ..."   (Text of the Poem)

In the original poem, the shepherd repeats his initial request in the form of a conditional statement: “if these pleasures may thee move, come live with me and be my love.” Though the reader might expect the poem to stop after this repetition, it continues. The speaker lists more reasons why the woman should come with him. Here, Raleigh offers the reader a reason why the shepherd might continue: the nymph claims to be “unmoved” by the shepherd’s promised pleasures, so he must offer her new delights.

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