The Passionate Shepherd to His Love: Summary, Theme & Analysis


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1. What does the speaker of the poem 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' promise his beloved?

2. Who does the shepherd in the poem 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' promise will prepare their meals?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love was written during the 16th century and paints a serene picture of country life. This quiz and worksheet ask you questions about its thematic elements, literary style and author.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, students analyze the following elements:

  • Theme of carpe diem
  • Shepherd's promises to his beloved
  • Pastoral poetry

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately describe pastoral poetry
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the idea of carpe diem in poetry
  • Making connections - link your knowledge of the speaker's profession with his ability to fulfill the promises he makes

Additional Learning

To find out more about this poem, view the lesson on The Passionate Shepherd to His Love: Summary, Theme & Analysis. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Historical context of this poem
  • Influence of ancient Roman poet Horace
  • Sir Walter Raleigh's bleak line-by-line response to this poem