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Compare and contrast the following two poems - 'Even Tho' by Grace Nichols and 'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell.

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  • Submitted: 27/02/2004
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Pre AND Post 1900 Comparative Essay

In this essay, I have chosen to compare and contrast the following two poems - 'Even Tho' by Grace Nichols and 'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell. These two poems were roughly written three centuries apart, and so the social factors and religious beliefs as well as other things were different. Therefore different ideas would be portrayed in the poems.

In the 17th century when 'To his Cot Mistress' was written, women were not known for writing poems about love let alone sex, as women's opinions weren't respected. If a woman was sent a poem like the one that Andrew Marvell wrote, then she would probably go weak at the knees and do whatever was asked of her. However, in the late 20th century, when 'Even Tho' was written, women's opinions and rights were respected in society and more and more female poets emerged with some ideas that were once thought unacceptable for women.

One other main factor that affected the ideas portrayed in these poems is partly to do with religion and partly to do with what used to be thought of as socially acceptable and what is thought

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