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AS and A Level: Andrew Marvell
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However, it is unlikely that this was Marvell's only purpose. Presbyterians, Independents and sectarians all wanted to be thought to have tender consciences i.e. to be purified spiritually, beautiful, chaste, delicate and sweet. Some felt this to be a cloak for future violence and control. So this is not just a poem about his neighbour Theophilia Cornewall but the "tender conscience" which had took hold of his contemporaries. He uses the image of femininity and the chaste Diana to draw attention to the conflicts of the time and the competing ideas of reform which become increasingly tyrannical in a move to crush all opposition by means of a "wheel with eyes" and the expectation that more violence will follow.
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Men and women often think, and behave differently in relation to love. Write about 'to his coy mistress' and 'our love now', comparing how poets have presented men's, or women's attitudes
person. 'Our love now' is a male voiced poem, with female opinions. It is about a man and a woman who have opposing opinions to their relationship, and problems, which through this they could face. 'To his coy mistress' uses many rhetorical devices, including hyperbole (exaggeration) e.g. 'a hundred years should go to praise two hundred to each breast but thirty thousand to the rest. This depicts that he is exaggerating her beauty, and of how much time, if he had it, that he would spend on her. Marvell also uses flattery 'now therefore, while the youthful hue sits on thy skin like morning dew'.
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The mistress lives in a majestic mansion were she is waited on hand and foot. The lady is extremely wealthy. In thee era this poem was scripted women did not have very influential roles in the working world with very few having a job. Therefore, the rich lady is probably living off somebody else's fortune. She has done nothing to deserve being treated like a princess of a small island. On the other hand, this leaves with the poor mistreated servant who works very hard and gets paid very little and is treated some if not any respect and for all her hard work.She probably just earns enough money to prevent herself from starvation.
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To what extent is it true to say that the Countryside is presented in an idealised way? Discuss in reference to "The Mower" compared to "Gardens".
The Garden itself, in modern interpretation would connote a place of beauty and tranquillity. Marvell however looks upon the Garden as an unnatural place, the religious connotations of the Garden of Eden- a place of sin where the ?Luxurious man?-Adam, ?Did after him the world seduce?, fell causing the world to fall after him. This reference to the original sin plainly displays the narrators or rather Marvell?s disdain and disapproval of Gardens.
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In the first place, it would be evident to state that To His Coy Mistress is more about acting on the carpe diem ideal than it is about love and lust. Firstly because in terms of structure and images: this poem is divided in three stanzas with a simple rhyming scheme, which is AABBCC, and in each one of them the carpe diem ideal is mentioned to a great extent with an hyperbolic use of metaphors and allusions. Therefore, in these three stanzas, time is discussed through vast historical events such as ?the Flood? line 8 and ?the conversion of
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