COME LIVE WITH ME AND BE MY LOVE” CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
The poem is based on a shepherd who attempts to seduce his young lover to abandon her own life and come live with him in the countryside where it seems to be more peaceful. The second stanza (P. 724) continues portraying the idiocy life of the country side. He paints a picture of relaxation as the lovers sit atop a rock and are lulled by the tranquility of rivers and streams below. This is perhaps in comparison to the hectic life that the lover is leading away from the countryside, although this is not mentioned in the poem.
In the third stanza, the author continues his seduction, this time offering gifts to his lover from the countryside. Perhaps imagining that she would feel unloved without proper gifts as are the tradition in courtship, he offers his own version of gifts. A bed of roses, a cap and a coat to keep her warm. With the flowery language he used, the gifts seem not only unique but completely extraordinary rather than the ordinary things offered to us by nature. “and a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flowers, and a kirtle (P. 724 Par3). In final stanza, the shepherd shows his own machismo by implying that he is more than a shepherd. He indicates that other shepherds not only listen to him, but that he also makes them do his own will. The shepherd swains shall dance and sing (P.724 Par. 6).
It is noticeable that everything in the poem sounds idyllic, perhaps too idyllic. He fails to mention the challenges of rural life but instead focuses his attention to the advantages and strengths of rural life. He seduces her with the rural idyllic environment and gifts of nature that seem irreplaceable.