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A Comparison of To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell and An Answer to a love letter, by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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A Comparison of To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell and An Answer to a love letter, by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu These two poems are meant to be a love letters written by a man to a lady of higher disposition and an answer to that love letter, written by that lady. The first, written by Marvell is written is telling her 'Carpe Dieum' - or 'Seize the Day' this phrase sums up his poem, as that is what he is telling her to do all the time. This is shown by the way he has structured his piece he starts of explaining what they could do if they had all of the time in the world "We would sit...and think which way to... Pass our long loves day." This means that they would just spend the whole time talking and planning their life because he says our long loves day and in the context it could mean their life (as they will love forever, therefore all their life will just be one day full of love) ...read more.


In the next line she begins to give you an idea about why she is hostile and critical to men: (Referring to the pug) "...Some cup, perhaps, he breaks, or tears a fan While roves unpunish'd the destroyer, Man." What she means by this is that when a dog breaks something such as china or furniture then it is punished 'and be to a box confin'd' whereas when man breaks (destroys) a lady's heart then his is left unpunished to attack his next victim. However in Marvell's poem the only 'bullying' he employs is to prove to her that in her coyness she is being irrational and that if she doesn't get with him soon then 'Thy beauty shall no more be found', which means that on earth beauty such as hers will not be found because she will have died without leaving anything behind, such as children. He also uses macabre imagery to 'scare' her into getting it on with him. He incites that if she takes her virginity to the grave '...Then worms shall try That long preserved virginity' By this he means ...read more.


'like a begging thief' they also use a lot of personification 'time's winged chariot, hurrying near' these all contribute to the 'personality of the poem and add to the readers enjoyment because they make them more compelling. I think that the tone of these poems that Marvell intended his poem to be read was one of lust and adoration moving to a kind of husky rough tone as though he doesn't mean what he is saying. However I think Montagu wants her poem to be read in a kind of angry, suppressed tone or one that emanates anger but does not show it. Personally I preffered Marvell's poem because of his chauvinistic attitude that sums up men from all ages and I find quite amusing. Montagu picks up on this and I particularly enjoyed herlikening of men to pug dogs and the language of that part which shows her bitter defiance of ever giving her love away again. Even so I preferred Marvell's macabre imagery and bullying techniques to try and bed the lady that stands in difference to the traditional techniques of wooing them. ...read more.

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