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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.

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