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A Comparison Of 'An Answer To A Love Letter' and 'To His Coy Mistress'.

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Harry Noble 10 Blue English Mrs. Lucas A Comparison Of 'An Answer To A Love Letter' and 'To His Coy Mistress'. The poet of 'To His Coy Mistress', Andrew Marvell, was born in Hull in 1621, he was a metaphysical poet in seventeenth century England. Both he and Lady Wortley Montagu (born 1689), the poet of 'Answer To A Love Letter', were involved in English learned high society and in these works wrote their opinions and view on love and the role of women in love. 'To His Coy Mistress' begins by using gentle persuasion and eloquent language to try and win over his mistress. This is best shown using this quote: "We would sit down, and think which way, To walk and pass our long love's day." This quote explains very well how the poet tries to encourage his mistress into loving him, by telling her that if she is coy it doesn't matter as they have all the time in the world and can just sit down and watch life pass by until she is ready to take their relationship to a physical level. ...read more.


This is portrayed when she talks of, "heavens choicest gifts," being, "bestowed in vain,". This makes him perceive that he has an almost God-like physique, when it refers to, "heavens choicest gifts,", and then tells him that they will only be wasted on her. Unfortunately in 'An Answer To A Love Lotter' the most utilised tactic is that of Bullying, as the poet trys to make the man feel ashamed to be a man. This is revealed most noticeably when Montagu compares men to highwaymen in the latter part of the poem: "So the brisk wits, who stop the evening coach, Laugh at fear which follows their approach;" The citation above describes the foolish speed at which men rush into things and ignore, or, "laugh,", at the consequences which will eventually catch them up, shown where in the poem it says, "But seiz'd by Justice,". This also infers that eventually justice will be done to men for their 'crimes' and they will be put in a metaphorical prison as everyone will know of their vulgar deeds and will never have intercourse with them again. ...read more.


This phrase is also meant to display the short term thinking of the poet as when a vulture has stripped a carcass of every scrap of meat that it can possibly get it dumps it and moves on to the next meal. This last device is also used in 'An Answer To A Love Letter' where it tells us that: "Once.. devil charm'd my mind; To reason deaf, to observation blind;" This informs us of the reason behind the poet's hate for men and any woman 'foolish' enough to fall in love with one. The quotation explains that; firstly the poet was once in love with a man, scornfully represented by the devil, who confessed his love for her, in a similar way that the poet in 'To His Coy Mistress' does, and then left her distraut as she was so swept up in love she didn't realise how dependant she was of his love. Next the excerpt emphasises that the poet only made the mistake of falling in love with a man once, because she has learnt her lesson. Overall I think the two poems share many of their major factors despite their totally contrasting opinions of love and the styles in which they are written are extremely similar. ...read more.

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