"Raleigh Was Right" is a free verse poem by William Carlos Williams, first published in 1940. It responds to Sir Walter Raleigh's 400-year-old poem "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," which itself is a response to (and essentially a parody of) Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love." In Marlowe's original poem, a shepherd tries to convince a young woman to be with him by painting an idyllic picture of their potential life together in the countryside. In Raleigh's response, that young woman (here presented as a nymph) refuses the shepherd's request, explaining that all the natural pleasures he promises her would fade with time. The speaker of Williams's poem agrees with Raleigh's nymph, insisting that "the country" can't offer relief from the troubles of the modern world—and also adds that there's no use in holding onto such a romanticized, likely fictional vision of rural life.