Rhetorical Devices in The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Rhetorical Devices Examples in The Passionate Shepherd to His Love:

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love 1

"love..."   (The Passionate Shepherd to His Love)

Since this line refers back to the beginning of the poem in a slightly different form, one might expect for the poem to end after this line. However, Marlowe ventures into another stanza that ends in a very similar way to this stanza. While this could be interpreted as repetition for emphasis, this could also indicate the silent voice of the woman to whom this shepherd speaks. The speaker offers his audience a choice at the end of this stanza using the imperative that he began with. Because he continues into another stanza with new delights to offer her, the reader can assume that these pleasures did not “move” her to be his love.