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‘To her not so coy boy’ is a response to ‘To her coy mistress’

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Evaluation of Poem The poem I have written, 'To her not so coy boy' is a response to 'To her coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell. In the original, Marvell used many subtle but effective techniques. The main one is the change in tone for each verse. The first verse is almost seductive, flirting with the reader. 'An hundred years should go to praise thine eyes,' the language praises the reader and makes her, whoever it is meant for, seem perfect. The second verse makes a sudden contrast to the first and message is the direct opposite. It threatens the reader that she will lose her good looks but not her virginity. 'Thy beauty shall no more be found'. The third verse is very clever in the way that it is an opposite of both first and second verses. ...read more.

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This would also mean the language was written in a modern style, again, since it would be easier to use. In my first verse I have tried to create the same atmosphere as in the original. It is calmer than the rest. It does not tell the reader what decision the woman has made to the reader's proposal. It does agree that there is not as much time as she would have liked. There is a sudden change of tone in the second verse. It mirrors the second verse of the original but turns the argument around. It says that he is the one who is scared of staying a virgin. The only reason he makes all those threatening remarks is because he is scared they will happen to him. ...read more.

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'And lock yourself in 'thy marble vault' is an example where this has happened. Another technique I used was in the second verse was to turn around Marvell's argument. Marvell threatens that if the woman does not sleep with him tonight then she will never sleep with a man, and die a virgin. I have turned this around saying the only reason the reader says all those things and wants to sleep with her is because he fears it will happen to him. I believe my poem is an adequate and suitable response to Marvell's original. It humiliates him and expresses her thoughts using an array of devices, techniques and effects. Its meaning does rely on the original since it is a direct response rather than a response to all poems of that nature. The poem is shorter and therefore faster but I think this adds to the emphasis. It is a good reply to 'To her coy mistress'. ...read more.

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