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Aron Jones - 11G - 11/01/05 English Coursework Compare and contrast Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" with John Donne's "The Sunne Rising". Both poems "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" were written by metaphysical poets, this is one of many similarities in the poem. However, there are also a number of differences between them. In both poems, there is an obvious link to the theme of "Carpe Diem" which simply means "seize the day". The poems relate to time and that of how it's running out. They seem to be in a rush. The content of the poem is Marvell writing a poem to his love partner. They are truly in love with each other and their love is very passionate for one another. However, there is something missing in their relationship and that is the sexual side. They haven't had sexual intercourse and the poem is about Marvell trying to persuade his partner into making love to him. He feels that time is running out and that they should "seize the moment". The life expectancy was at a lower rate in the times of the poem, and he doesn't want to leave things too late. There were many types of diseases in those days, with health services very limited. Today, our life expectancy is on average 77, however, in those days anyone who reached the age of 40 was considered as an older-aged person. ...read more.


The couple's "pray" is the moment to make love and he feels they should capture the moment before they get older and weaker where they won't enjoy it as much. He feels he wants to have all his good things at once, because he feels he's waited too long. He mentions the word "pleasure" which is showing he is definitely giving into his passion and temptation. He's deeply in love with the woman and he obviously has an urge and passion for her. However, he is doubly dissatisfied because he wants more. He feels her beauty will go to waste if she waits and takes her life to the "grave". He uses flattery which is persuasive and sincere. Time is crucial in the poem and is personified along with the sun. We never doubt how much he loves this person. It's written in the first person narrative and this gives intensity. This gives the poem a more personal side to it which is a better plea. In the poem "The Sunne Rising" by John Donne, the poet is speaking directly to the sun, and the poem is written in the first person narrative. Donne begins the poem by insulting the sun, by calling it a rule-breaking fool. He uses "aubade" which is an example of a clever argument. He's in bed and has just been woken up by the morning sun. The poet is angry and is being arrogant with the sun. ...read more.


However, Donne is in his bed and in complete bliss, this comes over as slightly more important and smug. Marvell conveys images with a greater range. There are three moments in the poem. The first sees this beautiful woman which he feels honoured to be with. The second image releases shocking feelings felt by the poet, which perhaps we can relate with him and do feel slight sympathy towards him. The final image is of them both enjoying life to the full, these are indifferent images of peculiar comparisons. Donne displays images which are traditional. They content of wealth and beauty, how the link and how they completely contrast. It shows that love and money can make you feel happy, but love is more important in life. Money can be liked but never loved like true beauty. I believe it's imperative that we look at the poems from a different perspective. Both compliment the women mentioned but both have different messages. "To His Coy Mistress" is a persuasive poem which contains flattery to try and convince the woman to take their relationship to the next level. In "The Sunne Rising", the message is that love is more important than wealth. The main themes are time and love and both are conveyed very cleverly with both wit and deception. I enjoyed both poems as they both showed sound comparisons and true feelings. I preferred the poem by Andrew Marvell as it had a sense of urgency and it was rhythmic to which I found exciting as I never knew what to expect next in the poem. ...read more.

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