In her reply to the shepherd's invitation, the nymph presents her rejection of the shepherd's courtship for a life of pastoral idyll. The poem is in iambic tetrameter. The poem, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” was written by Sir Walter Raleigh, and is a response from a nymph rejecting a shepherd’s proposal of love.

The speaker is a young, beautiful female nymph. ‘The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd’ was written as a response to ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ by Christopher Marlowe. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh was written as a response to Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." Nature assists in his courtship. Both were witty love poems. In the nymph’s reply, the speaker personifies nature as “wanton,” a word with negative connotations of dangerous wildness, in order to show a different side of the natural world the shepherd paints as idyllic. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (1600), by Walter Raleigh, is a poem that responds to and parodies the poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" (1599) by Christopher Marlowe. It is made up of six four-lined stanzas or quatrains, where each iamb regularly alternates between stressed and unstressed syllables. A “nymph” is a creature from Greek mythology who is considered to be a personification of nature.