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A Comparison Between A Coy Mistress and To The Virgins

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A Comparison Between A Coy Mistress and To The Virgins Both Andrew Marvell and Robert Herrick who are writing in the 17th Century which was in the Romantic period and both poems are about love. This comparison ties both poems closely together as well as their identical themes of time running out. Herrick's poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" is essentially a general argument that everyone who has not yet found love should make the most of the short time they have alive and marry someone as soon as possible. The idea of Marvell's poem is to get his mistress into bed with him. This means that there will be a contrast at points of the poem where some conclusion is reached. Herrick's poem is much shorter than Marvell's and therefore his point is brought across in two metaphors to express it and then a conclusion which drives it home. "To His Coy Mistress" on the other hand comprises of 3 large verses. The first one is humorous supposedly to break down the barrier between him and the girl who the poem is for, ...read more.


This has a very direct comparison with Marvell's poem who also gives a logical conclusion at the end which ensures that the audience completely understands and then tells them that there is no other choice than to do what they say. In Marvell's poem, his first metaphor is that while his girlfriend is by the Indian Ganges surrounded by luxury and finding rubies, he will be by the Humber (river in Northern England) complaining. This means that she's surrounded by beauty and luxury which he adores while he's not so amazing and trying his hardest (complaining in the metaphor) to get her into bed with him. This is most probably a joke trying to lighten the mood before his more sinister writing in later verses. During the whole first verse, Marvell constantly introduces the concept of time running out increasing each time it is mentioned. This links to the Herrick poem with the ongoing theme of time which is essential to the argument that love is the only option and action must be taken quickly. ...read more.


This purpose means that he does not have to keep the poem sweet and innocent like Herrick but it can become shocking and disgusting as long as it has the effect which Marvell wants (i.e. to seduce his mistress). This poem is written in rhyming couplets which for most of the poem gives it a melodic persuasiveness however on line 24, which ends with the word eternity does not rhyme with the line above ending with the word lie. This is designed to interrupt the beat of the poem and to disturb the reader so that this word eternity is emphasised and proves the point that when she dies, it will be for ever. Both Herrick and Marvell are male poets from the same romantic period in the 17th Century and therefore the context and language used in their poems are relatively similar. It is also probably since Herrick was a major influence in the poetic world at the time - that Marvell has read "To the Virgins" and both authors will therefore have comparative ideas for example the theme of time which features so strongly in both poems. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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