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Compare To His Coy Mistress(TM) by Andrew Marvell with To His Mistress Going to Bed(TM) by John Donne

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Coursework Compare 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To His Mistress Going to Bed' by John Donne These poems are both themed on love, sex, romance and seduction. However, the attitudes towards their relationships and lovers are completely unlike. Andrew Marvell uses all forms of persuasion both negative and positive to get her into bed with him. On the other hand John Donne doesn't seem to have to persuade his lover to sleep with him at all; it seems that she is already willing. He tells her "Two hundred to adore each breast: But thirty thousand to the rest". This is an example of both, he is saying that this is what she is worth and this is the value she will have so long a she sleeps with him. He begins trying to persuade her with luxurious imagery (like the Indian Ganges and rubies). He then progresses on to scare tactics, telling her that she soon will be dead so she must make the most of it whilst she still can! Although he doesn't use those specific words he makes his meaning pretty obvious with phrases like, "the graves a fine and private place, But none, I think do there embrace". ...read more.

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This also helps the poem convey it's deeper, richer, more meaningful aspects. Now although Andrew Marvell does mention the soul it is not in conjunction with religion, it is more to do with death and pressurization. Having said this, Marvell does reveal his own unique personality. Marvell's poem is strong and forceful which is a direct reflection of the person that he was. I think that his inability to accept that his lover might reject him is an example of his intolerant personality. However this inability to be tolerant could be a cover up for something much deeper down. As I mentioned earlier the era a poem is written in is very influential in the way that it is written. They both use the idea of spirituality in unrelated ways. "To His Mistress Going to Bed" uses spirituality as a tool of romance, where as "To His Coy Mistress" uses it as a threat. The poets enjoyed exploring the idea of immortality. In Marvell's poem he says "Nor in thy marble vault, shall sound" making reference to death. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries purity was evidently at the top of people's priority list as both poems use the idea. ...read more.

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Therefore when they did get an opportunity they really went into graphic detail, and although this can seem quite disgusting I can understand why it had to be this way. My favourite of the two poems is "To His Mistress Going to Bed". I preferred it because the atmosphere created by Donne is more loving, romantic and sincere. It really showed that he had deep emotional capability. In conclusion I found both Donne's and Marvell's poetry quite amusing and in some ways comical, I say this for the reason that, you wouldn't find many men writing love letters and poems to the girl they may adore or even love nowadays, because over time or even five centuries, people change, peoples' habits change and so do the way of their love life. However, for a female, a love letter or even a poem is far more affectionate than a box of chocolates ever could be. ?? ?? ?? ?? This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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