Written by Walter Raleigh in 1600, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is a parody of Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." In Marlowe's poem, a shepherd propositions a young woman to be his "Love," offering her a happy, carefree life in the idyllic countryside. To sweeten the deal, he also promises her luxurious gifts (such as gowns of the finest wool, gold-clasped slippers, and so on). In Raleigh's poem, the young woman (now described as a nymph) gives her a reply: an emphatic, resounding no! In her view, the shepherd's vision is totally unrealistic, conveniently glossing over how nothing—not youth, love, nor "pretty" gifts—can escape the destructive forces of time.