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Compare and contrast 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Donne. Would you say both poems are about seduction?

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Compare and contrast 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Donne. Would you say both poems are about seduction? Both 'To his coy mistress' and 'The Flea' are poems about seduction, there is three parts to each poem. Written in the early 16th century. The both argue the case for taking their relationships further with their mistress'. Both poets are metaphorical poets and write dramatic monologues. In 'to his coy mistress' Marvell argues his case for furthering his relationship with 'coy mistress' and that time is 'hurrying near' so they should take it further before its too late and they are no longer alive. To make his point of argument he applies this point in three parts. The first being about the state of argument the second being everything to do and to come with the argument along with his feelings and the third part being the conclusion of the argument. Whilst making the argument the poet uses conceits that are illogical comparisons along with couplets, which were lines that rhymed and were popular and used quite frequently back then. ...read more.

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'Deserts of vast eternity'-this also show's that the time they take is too long and that time is running out. The deserts of vast eternity suggest that Marvell views the after life not only as empty but also as the end of 'beins'. He does not see death as a one person being accepted in to heaven. 'Thy beauty shall no more be found, nor, in my marble vault shall sound my echoing song'. By this imagery Marvell is saying that death reigns over everyone and soon it will be them. By 'marble vault' the poet means where he will be after he has passed away and by 'echoing song' he means what the poem says. 'And into ashes all my lust'-this means cause the fire of virginity to burn out and turn into ashes, so take it will you still can. I think this poem is about seduction but more about Marvell being worried and frightened of death. As he doesn't know what will happen after he dies. The poems are very different from each other, by the way they are set out and by the way they are written. ...read more.

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The poet also uses recurrence in the poem to get across the key words and feelings. Some examples of the words and feelings the poet uses as recurrence are: * 'Me it sucked first and now it sucks thee' * 'Or marriage bed, and marriage is temple is' This repetition has the effects of a strong argument and repeats the key words and feelings in which he wants the reader to hear. The poet explains his comparisons by using hyperboles'. An example of a hyperbole in the poem is, 'this flea is you and I, and the is our marriage bed, and marriage temple is'. The poet ends the poem by saying 'tis true, then learn how false, fears be; just so much honour, when thou yeilds't to me, I will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee'. This means the he is trying to say don't kill the flea otherwise you will be killing our love and will be giving up on us and me. I agree that both poems are about seduction but marvels poem is also about Marvell's worry of death and what will happen after he dies. My reasons are written in my essay, as I found that way easier to explain it as I went along. ...read more.

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