The Nymph’s Reply To The Shepherd
If the world was more Eden-like,
and you speak of the truth,
Then the nice, fine gifts you offer might tempt me to go live with you and be your lover.
But the winter comes and moves your sheep from the field into the pen,
The cold sets in the river and rocks,
making all the songbirds leave,
While everyone starts to complain of what to expect this coming winter.
Winter comes and ruins the fields,
Which is unfortunate for you since you love spring, and hate fall since the crops rot.
All the gifts you gave to me.
They will have come to nothing but regret with age.
Even the things that are really expensive,
They don’t compel me to go live with you and be your lover.
But if the world was more Eden-like,
and the spring and summer always last,
Then what you promised me might move me to go live with you and be your lover.
By: Lucas Zacherl
Even all the material items of the kings,
I’d never want any since they clip my wings.
Unless the world became perfect.
Only then, might it seem worth it.
But alas that world shall never come,
Because of all that is it’s sum.
- Not a traditional sonnet- The poem is 24 lines long while traditional sonnets are 14 lines.
- The poem is broken up into 6 quatrains.
- The rhyme scheme is AABBCCDDEEFFGGHHIIBBJJBB.
- The poem contains examples of both end and approximate rhymes.
- The end rhyme is located in lines ¾, ⅚. 9/10, 11/12, 15/16, 17/18, 19/20, 21/22, 23/24.
- The approximate rhyme is located in lines ½, ⅞, and 13/14.
- There are also multiple examples of enjambment.
- The poem is FILLED with alliteration. Some examples are lines 3, 9, and 16 among many others.
- The speaker of this poem is a young nymph speaking to the shepherd. Her tone is kind of sarcastic. The Nymph essentially “blows off” the Shepherd implication that her love can be won with material things.
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