Christopher Marlowe vs. Justin Timberlake
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Come live with me and be my love,
Ain't another woman that can take your spot my-
First off, this was a toughie. Music isn't my strong suit, so the idea proposed to me of relating a Marlowe poem to a contemporary musical artist was daunting. But, as my wonderful griflriend suggested, Justin Timberlake (of all the people on planet Earth) came out with a song not too long ago that had some pretty reasonable similarities to a particularly famous poem.
Personality wise, I would be astounded to find any commonalities. But one thing is very much common between these two forms of art - both are basically love poems by people writing about their complete infatuation towards someone. Bloody hell, there's even moments were the lyrics and poem share similar scenery: outdoorsy. Marlowe writes about sheep and attending to his regular outside chore life but yet enjoying some nice food time, and Timberlake references a peaceful walk barefoot on the peace; walking across the countryside.
Both infuse a sense of beauty in the environment, a tranquility brought about by this presence. And a nice thing to say about Timerlake - and it's nice to say something positive in lieu of negative in this day 'n age of singers - he seems to be more romantic about the subject instead of the more blatant, 2007-2009 "Yo, I wanna sex you! Sex! Sex! Sex! Sex you up! Sex you up on my dirty hump! Did I mention I like sex?" Now, granted, I don't really listen to his music and therefore am unfamiliar if that is his usual routine, but for "My Love", there's a nice reprieve of the everyday, usual fare.
Wow. That was difficult. Almost gasping for straws there. But c'mon, you gotta give me some credit - there's similarities!
It's a understatement to say that pinpointing a musical artist to a man like Marlowe, who exelled at making tragedies and being all philosophical with his plays, without stretching it a little. At least with "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", a poem that exudes nothing but serenity and affection, it can have more commonalities with artists who go that route instead of the 2009 example above. It's okay if any and all credibility I had went bye-bye. Thanks for reading.