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Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare both write their poems featuring love and time, which are the two main themes of the poems. In Andrew Marvell's "to his coy mistress" the love is physical in contrast to William Shakespeare's "sonnet 116"

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The similarities and differences between William Shakespeare and Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare both write their poems featuring love and time, which are the two main themes of the poems. In Andrew Marvell's "to his coy mistress" the love is physical in contrast to William Shakespeare's "sonnet 116" in which the love is passionate. They have many similarities and differences between the two poets. For example they both use time to illustrate their feelings about love. Both poets believe that love is important, as they have taken time to write a poem, however what they believe differs. Andrew Marvell's attitude to love is rude and vulgar where as William Shakespeare's love is romantic as he believes that a couple should always remain together even if they argue. In the first stanza of "To His Coy Mistress" Marvell is extremely romantic, as he wants to impress his mistress. He says to her "Thou by the Indian Ganges side shouldst find rubies" This phrase explains that the Mistress should go to the river Ganges where she is able to find rubies. I believe that Marvell particularly chose the Ganges for his Mistress, as the Ganges is a hot, warm, exotic and a romantic place. I can tell that Marvell has a lot of affectionate love for his Mistress as he constantly speaks about love. ...read more.

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In the second stanza Marvell wants to sleep with his Mistress so he starts that stanza off with the word "But" this is because he believes that there is not enough time left. Marvell persuades his Mistress to sleep with him by saying: - "Then worms shall try that long preserved virginity" This means, that worms will take away your virginity. I believe that he says that to her as he is cruel and he want to try and scare her however Marvell says that to make his Mistress feel guilty so she doesn't waste time and loses her virginity to Marvell. In the third stanza Marvell does want to waste the time they have left in the world and wants to spend as much time he can with his mistress, I know this because he says: - "Rather at once our time devour" and " thus though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run" This means that they are unable to stop time but can use the time they have wisely. William Shakespeare mainly uses time in the last quatrain of the sonnet. He speaks about time running out and what the affections of time running out are. He believes that when time runs out everyone would die and nobody would be able to love each other. ...read more.

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In the second stanza Marvell uses imagery to say, "Then worms shall try that long preserved virginity" This gives a picture of worms all over the Mistress taking away her virginity. William Shakespeare also uses imagery in his "Sonnet 116". For example he says, "It is the star to every wandering bark" This gives a picture of love guiding us to the right direction. Another example is: - "But bears it out even to the edge of doom" This line gives a picture of love being here forever until somebody dies. Both poets have written their poems as the first person, this is because both poets have talked about their own feelings. Shakespeare is aiming his views at anybody who is interested in reading his work whereas Marvell is aiming his poem at a woman whom he is trying to persuade to do what he wants. To His Coy Mistress and Sonnet 116 were both written at about the same periods of time but have different attitudes to love. I believe that both poets believe in love as they have both used their valuable time to write a poem. They are also incredibly passionate about love but Shakespeare believes in true love in contrast to Marvell where he is after a physical gratification of love. Both poets' styles of writing are powerful as Marvell's is demanding whereas Shakespeare's are repetitive which I believe gives us a better understanding of the poem. By Anish Mistry 10KD ...read more.

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