• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast the ways in which Andrew Marvell in

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast the ways in which Andrew Marvell in "To his Coy Mistress" and John Donne in "The Sunne Rising" write about love. These two poems, "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" are similar poems, they are both metaphysical (metaphysical means more than physical) poems written around Shakespeare's time. The main theme of these poems is the same; it is romance and the love of a woman. Yet the two poets have very different opinions on these two things. Within both poems are arguments, in "To His Coy Mistress" it is with the woman and in "The Sunne Rising" it is with the sun. "The Sunne Rising" is about a mans argument with the sun over how important it is compared to his woman. "To his Coy Mistress" is about a man trying to seduce the woman. The main theme of the two poems is love. There are other themes in the poems which are linked to love, in "To his Coy Mistress" the theme time and how it is passing by is introduced> The three stanzas develop the theme, in the first stanza the narrator in the poem talks about how they could be together forever, "Till the conversion of the Jews" this is saying how they have all the time ...read more.


Though the poem there is a progression of argument. The three stanzas have different meanings, the first two stanzas are questions and the last stanza answers all these questions. In the first stanza the man is asking why the sun is intruding their privacy, in the second stanza he is asking why the sun thinks he is so great and in the third stanza these questions are answered. In "to his Coy Mistress" there are similar poetic devices such as enjambment, yet the enjambment is much longer in this poem compared to "The Sunne Rising" you can see this because the enjambment goes on for many lines whereas in "The Sunne Rising" the enjambment only last a few lines, there are also rhyming couplets in both of the poems. There are three stanzas like "The Sunne Rising". These parts of the structure are quite similar in both poems, yet the rest of the structure is different, all the lines are around the same size, around seven words long compared to "The Sunne Rising" where there are three different line sizes. The size of the stanzas is different in "To his Coy Mistress" the first stanza is twenty lines long, the second is twelve lines long and the final stanza is fourteen lines long, in the "The Sunne Rising" the stanzas are all different lengths. ...read more.


This shows how Marvell uses imagery to describe the love between them, Marvell also uses imagery to describe how time is passing by fast, "Time's winged chariot hurrying near" this gives the picture that time is moving fast and so should their love. Marvell uses imagery to help persuade and seduce the woman. Donne also uses imagery, "shine here to us, and thou art every where, This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere." This is saying that if you shine here sun you are shining on my whole world, this room is my world and my woman is the centre of it. This shows how Donne uses imagery to illustrate the mans love for the woman and how he feels about her. This shows how both writers feel that imagery is a good way to get feelings across within a progressing argument. These two poems have similarities in structure, poetic voice, use of imagery, tone and in the use of themes. Yet both poems also have difference in these same areas. In "The Sunne Rising" he already has his woman and in "To his Coy Mistress" he is trying to seduce the woman. I believe "The Sunne Rising" by John Donne was the more successful poem because I thought the author got the mans feelings for the woman across to the reader better. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Dyson 10/05/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Andrew Marvell section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Andrew Marvell essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Which of 'The Sun Rising' by John Donne and 'To His Coy Mistress' by ...

    He thinks that they should take control and make time their servant. This powerful pattern leads you onwards and persuades you to finish the argument; each section as persuasive as the last. Make every second count, because every second is counted.

  2. Compare and Contrast 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To His Mistress ...

    "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 metaphysical poets enjoyed exploring the idea of immortality. In Marvell's poem he says "Nor in thy marble vault, shall sound" making reference to death.

  1. The Metaphysical Poets: John Donne and Andrew Marvell.

    The second technique that I noticed Marvell used was personification. Some examples are more conspicuous than others. An example of one of the less obvious lines where Marvell uses personification is in line 22, he says "Time's winged chariot hurrying near..."

  2. Compare 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'Sonnet 138' by William Shakespeare. ...

    He then says whilst you are around me you blush and you look innocent and cute. This is aimed to make her feel better about herself again, and then he goes on to say 'Sport us while we may'. Here he is telling her that they should get on and do it whilst they can.

  1. Compare and Contrast 'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To his Mistress ...

    Both poems have a large variety of similes and metaphors, exaggerating luxurious images, sexual images as well as some pessimistic images. The fundamental nature of Marvell and Donne lies in their style of writing and the way they elucidate

  2. What are the main characteristics of the metaphysical poets? (With reference to ‘The Flea’, ...

    story, the first is the concept, the idea of a ghost coming back to haunt her, the second is what the effect would be on her. The rhyming scheme in 'The Apparition' is very complicated. It is suited to the poems content and physiological complex of the poem.

  1. The two poems which I am comparing are by Andrew Marvell and John Donne ...

    His praise to his mistress continues through the use of a strong hyperbole. He asks the Sun 'Look, and tomorrow late tell me, whether both th'Indias of spice and mine, Be where you lefts them, or lie here with me.'

  2. How do Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's The Sunne Rising ...

    He accuses her of being too coy and that, as they do not have "but world enough, and time", it is wrong to delay the act any longer. Marvell seems to structure the poem to ensure his success relying on the logic of his argument to persuade his mistress and carefully arranges every word to help her overcome her inhibitions.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work