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A comparison of two poems about love.

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Samantha Petrook A comparison of two poems about love When I was given the assignment of analyzing love poems, I expected to be reading slushy love rhymes about how much someone loves someone else; love at first sight, young love, marriage, the list is endless. However the poems I was given to read were very different to most people's ideas of love poetry. They were about pain and breakups, accidental outcomes of a relationship, use and abuse, these things are not usually related with love. The poems I chose were 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell a pre 1900 poem and 'Our Love Now' by Martyn Lowery which is a modern poem. 'To His Coy Mistress' is a long, personal and flattering poem all at once. The layout is like a love letter, and makes the reader think that this man is trying to persuade his lover and has really taken time to think of something meaningful to say. He uses imagery to charm her, believing her to be coy- shy modest. ...read more.

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And he speaks of things that would never happen there is a lot of use of hyperbole and everything is a reference of time. In the second part of the poem he is saying how he doesn't have all the time in the world and there is a sense of urgency: 'But at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near' Using personification, he creates a romantic picture of time flying. He then builds on this idea by thinking about the effect of time. He scares her with horrific images to try to get the point across that time doesn't stop if she doesn't sleep with him now worms taking her virginity. 'Worms shall try that long-preserved virginity.' There is a comparison is between a worm and a man. The man is forcing his mistress to think about the fact that what she fears will happen anyway but it will be the result of her death. This is persuasion through fear. The third part he is summing up that what he has said is logical and must happen, he knows he can't stop time but they should make time run. ...read more.

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'Our Love Now' is not as crude as 'To His Coy Mistress'. Their use of persuasion is very different 'To His Coy Mistress' a lot of hyperbole is used and things that would never happen like 'I would love you ten years before the flood' which is impossible because the biblical flood happened centuries ago. A major difference between them is that. 'Our Love Now' presents both the male and female side of an argument but 'To His Coy Mistress' we only get the male side. 'To His Coy Mistress' the whole poem flattery, the poet is telling his mistress how much time he would like to spend loving her and how devoted he is to her. Whereas 'Our Love Now 'is like an argument, but they don't speak to each other. I prefer 'Our Love Now' because the language is easier to understand. 'To His Coy Mistress' is quite a strange poem and is a bit over exaggerated. I like the way that our love now shows both points of view. However I didn't really like these types of love poems I would not have classed them as love poetry. ...read more.

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