The Shepherd Annotation

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The poem starts with a shepherd beckoning his 'lover' to join him in the country. The country is described to be a romantic,idealized setting throughout the poem. In the opening stanza, we start to hear the beauty that the country holds; "woods, or steepy mountain yields". This choice of diction leaves a mysterious,secluded feeling to the country side. This could suggest that the shepherd and his love will be alone together in the countryside. The second stanza continues with the country's charm, but now adds in the idea that life would be easy there. We can see this in the line "seeing the shepherds feed their flocks". This suggests that the shepherd would do no work while with his love, only paying attention to her. The backdrop to this

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