There are many poems that are considered to be companion poems. Companion poems are two separate poems that are similar. Usually they are about the same experience or experiences, and are also usually written in the same form. Two of the most famous companion poems are "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe, and " The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh. These two poems are perfect companions.
Both " The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd." Are both written in iambic. Both of the poems also consist of 24 lines. Another similarity in the style is that both poems are written with an A ABB rhyme scheme. By doing this the writers easily show that the poems belong together." The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is about a shepherd who promises everything he could to a woman so that she would love him and live with him.
"Come live with me my love, and we will all the pleasures prove." The Shepard is lonely and really needs a woman companion and he will give her anything. He promises that he will make her many things. "And I will make thee beds of roses," and "A cap of flowers, and a kirtle." He really loves this woman if he is willing to handcraft items for her to wear. Some of the things he promises would be very tedious to make and should be appreciated greatly. "A belt of straw and ivy-buds with coral clasps and amber studs." After making all of these things for the woman the man is in for a surprise that he wasn't expecting. In " The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" the Nymph tells the Shepherd what she thinks about all of the promises that were made to her.
"If all the world were young, and truth in every shepherd's tongue, these pretty pleasures might me move to live with thee and be thy love." Proving that there is " almost" no chance at the entire Shepherd getting with the Nymph. Even though he was going to construct her very elaborate gifts she still did not want the man. "The Flowers to fade"The gowns, thy shoes, thy bed of rose, thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies, soon break, soon wither-soon forgotten, in folly ripe and reason rotten." For everything that the man had promised the Nymph had thought of a reason for her not accepting the gifts. So that she wouldn't have to love this lonely Shepherd. Eventhough different people wrote these two poems they are still companion poems. Both are about one event and share the same style of writing.
Ever line in "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is responded to in "The Nymph " reply to the Shepherd.".