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Compare and contrast 'The Ruined Maid', 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Remember'.

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Unit 4 literary heritage pre 1914 poetry I have been assigned a coursework to compare and contrast three poems which are 'The Ruined Maid', To His Coy Mistress' and 'Remember' all these poems have got points and I am going to make similarities and dissimilarities about the poems in comparison to each other. Most poems have aspects of a pace, a point, a structure and also different types of language, all of the above poems have these and express them well. Then again all the above have the aspects but the aspects are shown in different ways e.g. a fast pace following on to a slower pace but another poem could have a slow pace moving on to a fast pace. Firstly, all the poems have points and they are all different but have aspects in of that point that are same. 'To His Coy Mistress' has a metaphysical side to it and Marvell's entanglements of sex and arrogance are in his metaphysical poem. He achieves this by using tense similes and outsized metaphors for example, 'an hundred years', 'like amorous birds of prey' and 'vegetable love.' He uses these techniques to enrich meanings and to express how strong his sexual feelings are for his mistress. To His Coy Mistress' is also about an existing relationship, but this poem is designed to persuade his mistress to sleep with him. ...read more.


fast moving but gets fast when the ruined maid talks and it seems to speed up within the poem, the poet has included this faster pace to show that the ruined maid is more happy than the other women, with the pace speeding up just a little. Also in 'The Ruined Maid' it slows down the pace when the first women is talking about when the ruined maid wasn't 'Ruined' and then speeds up when she is talking about the present ruined maid, the poet has included this to show the point of that the ruined maid is more happy (with the pace speeding up) now she is ruined. In contrast to these two poems 'To his Coy Mistress' has an absolutely different pace through out the poem and even when it is changing it is different to the other two in the way the poet Marvell has made the three sections different in the way the first one is quite slow but then in the second one he is contradicting his argument so he speeds the pace up a little bit but then in the third section he speeds it up even faster with him including longer verses to support what he express which is that they haven't got enough time to just flirt instead they should just have sex, so he speeds up the verse. The only comparison between these poems I can make is that in 'The Ruined Maid' and 'To his Coy Mistress' have changes ...read more.


To compare 'The Ruined Maid' to the other two I can see that Hardy is a comparison to Marvell from the language he uses like 'thee' and 'thou'. To compare the language used in the three poems I would have to say that all poets are from the same time so they use the same language but they don't use the same emotional words. Marvell uses words like 'sweetness' and 'love' to express the emotion of the poem and that he loves 'his' 'mistress'. Although in Hardy's poem he use words such as 'la-dy' to express that when a women has had sex before marriage (ruined) and that she is still a lady but Rossetti has a disparity to this and uses language like 'no more' and 'remember' to express that the person is dying and should be remembered. The only poem to have any dialogue in it, out of the three that I have studied is "The ruined maid". The dialogue in this poem is between two friends that have met up and are discussing that one of them has changed after becoming ruined. To some up the comparison and the contrasting of these three poems I can say that there is a big difference between the three poems but again there are some comparisons between the three poems. I can see now that the poets where all trying to put across a point and do this in different ways, for example in difference of structure. 1 Jordan Daniels 11.5 Matthew Moss High School ...read more.

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