In the nymph’s reply, the speaker personifies nature as “wanton,” a word with negative connotations of dangerous wildness, in order to show a different side of the natural world the shepherd paints as idyllic. The speaker is a young, beautiful female nymph. ‘The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd’ was written as a response to ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ by Christopher Marlowe. Nature assists in his courtship. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (1600), by Walter Raleigh, is a poem that responds to and parodies the poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" (1599) by Christopher Marlowe. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh was written as a response to Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love."

The poem is in iambic tetrameter. It is made up of six four-lined stanzas or quatrains, where each iamb regularly alternates between stressed and unstressed syllables. The poem, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” was written by Sir Walter Raleigh, and is a response from a nymph rejecting a shepherd’s proposal of love. Both were witty love poems. A “nymph” is a creature from Greek mythology who is considered to be a personification of nature. In her reply to the shepherd's invitation, the nymph presents her rejection of the shepherd's courtship for a life of pastoral idyll.


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