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Compare how the theme of love is presented... 'To His Coy Mistress'.

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Compare how the theme of love is presented... 'To His Coy Mistress', is a love poem written by Andrew Marvell, and the other poem, which it will be compared with, is a poem called 'Valentine', which is written by a poet named Coral Ann Duffy. Subject of the poem 'Valentine' seems to be a channel for the poet Duffy, in which she can express her interpretation of love, and let readers of the poem realise what the meaning of love is for her in her view. This is visible from the first line of her poem. "Not a red rose or satin heart" What the poet is saying here is that love are not these typical commercial symbols which are associated with love in modern times such as know. Marvells subject of his love poem is more of a personal one, compared to Duffy's, which is more about modern society regarding love on a whole. I think the subject Marvell was trying to get through this poem was the attempt to lure his coy mistress into eventually having sex with him. "Let us sport while we may" The structure of both of the 'love' poems is both different to each other. As in 'Valentine' the structure of the poem is laid as five verses and there are also two odd lines. Duffy has also repeated lines which contain practically the same meaning. ...read more.


It enables this section to become a sort of list of solutions. "Let us sport while we may" This is saying lets have sex know, whilst we can. Duffy uses repetition as a device to build emphasis on certain points, so she repeats line with points she values. "Not a cute card or a kissogram" "Not a red rose or a satin heart" Duffy's reasons for repeating these points are probably to get the readers of the poem to realise that these points are important, points such as red roses aren't symbols of love, they are schemes set by the commercial world to make money, even an onion is a better symbol of love than a red rose, and other commercial symbols of love. "It will blind you with tears like a lover" "I give you an onion" This line is repeated further on in the poem. "I give you an onion" This is another example of repetition, used by the poet to emphasis that an onion is a better symbol of love, than what society thinks are symbols of love. Coral Ann Duffy has also used alliteration in her poem again to create emphasis. "Not a cute card or a kissogram" The type of language used in 'Valentine' is very much modern English, as we can obviously can see from the style of the writing found in this poem. "a wobbling photo of grief" Duffy has also included similes in the poem, this should produce a greater effect on the reader. ...read more.


"Not a cute card or a kissogram i give you an onion" Intention behind Duffy writing 'Valentine', is most likely to be to express her point of view regarding love. The poet may also be finding herself annoyed from what people regard as symbols of love, such as 'satin hearts'. The poet also says that if these really are symbols of love, which they aren't, then an onion is a better representative of love. Poet also being female will have had a great influence upon the intention of this poem. The poet may also be indicating that she is in heart pain. "Wobbling photo of grief" When Duffy's and Marvells poems are compared we find similarities and differences. The similarity being that both poets is trying to express their views at the best of their ability. It also seems as if Marvell is getting annoyed that his Mistress is Coy, and he had probably tried things before, and then decided to write a poem to persuade her into having sex. "The Beauty shall no more be found" This quote is saying that if I (poet), carry on waiting to have sex with you, there will be no beauty left in you, you will have wasted yourself. Also both of these poets are different genders, ones male and the other poets a female. This difference may account for differences they have in their poems and also in the interpretation and views of love they may have. ...read more.

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