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

Compare and Contrast To His Coy Mistress by Marvell and The Sun Rising by Donne

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and Contrast "To His Coy Mistress" by Marvell and "The Sun Rising" by Donne In both of these poems, language is used to a very good effect. In "To His Coy Mistress" the language is used to try and win his lovers heart, so that they can make love before the time has passed where it is impossible to do so. In "The Sun Rising" the language is used to depreciate the Sun and to express the feelings the man has for his lover. Both poems seem to argue with something within the poem. In 'To His Coy Mistress' the man is arguing against time, saying there isn't enough, and therefore he and his lover should make love while they still can. "Now let us sport us while we may; And now, like am'rous birds of prey, Rather at once our Time devour." While his lover is still ripe for breaking her virginity, now is the best time for love. In "TSR" the man is arguing at the Sun for disturbing him and his lover in the morning. He complains, telling the Sun to go elsewhere and disturb other that need to be disturbed. ...read more.

Middle

In the second stanza of 'To His Coy Mistress' he man realizes that time cannot be stopped and wants to spend time well, but in this poem the man is bragging about how his lover is better than the Sun. So whereas in 'To His Coy Mistress' the man has realised that he cannot win against time, but in this poem the man continues to argue with the involvement of his lover. The man then goes on to tell the Sun to go away and come back later tomorrow, meanwhile he should go and see if the spices and gold are still where the Sun left them or if they are here with the man. This is a metaphor for his lover being as precious as gold and Indian spices. "Whether both th' Indias of spice and mine Be where thou left'st them, or lie here with me." There is also a metaphor in 'To His Coy Mistress' which describes his lover's body, "Nor, in thy marble Vault, shall sound," this is also another metaphor for the male organ. Both poems are describing the man's lover in the second stanza. ...read more.

Conclusion

to argue, but them realises he cannot win and decides to spend the time they have together well, instead of continuing an argument he is not going to win. The man in 'The Sun Rising' could be described as stubborn as he will not give up for his lover's sake, but the man in 'To His Coy Mistress' also takes the path he feels is best for his lover, so both poems are about the men's lovers being the most important thing. In 'To His Coy Mistress' Marvell uses capital letters well to express important words like: "Vaster than Empires and more slow." But in 'The Sun Rising' Donne doesn't use capital letters but they both use pauses well throughout their poems to let the reader think about what is being said. 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'The Sun Rising' are similar but are also different, as one has a continuous mood and the other one's mood changes. 'The Sun Rising' is continuous, and 'To His Coy Mistress' changes. But they both concentrate on the lover and the man. Both have the man speaking throughout the poem with mentions of their lovers, but nobody else has a say throughout both poems. (2,033 Words) By Sean Stallwood ...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 Love Poetry 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 Love Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    "My Last Duchess" and "To His Coy Mistress" Compare the presentation of the men ...

    4 star(s)

    He personifies time as a winged chariot that is just behind him, he does this because he is scared that time is just behind him and he does not have much time left. This could suggest that this man is older than this young woman, and has realised that he hasn't done enough with his life.

  2. "The Flea" by John Donne is

    Yet, in both, Keats is portraying deep feelings of love, kindness and affection, which are displayed clearly. Marvell also displays his feelings of love within poems, imagery and words. Three poems that are somehow associated with time are: 'Porphyria's Lover', 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Amen'.

  1. Compare the poets' representation of the lover in 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Porphyria's ...

    implying she is too weak to give in to her hearts desires, s he will do it for her. He speaks very delicately when he is killing her, which is very unusual. "I round three times her little throat" he is acting as if he is doing something nice, as if he is doing her a favour.

  2. The Sun Rising - John Donne.

    contracted into his bed, and the sun, asking for ease in its old age, needs only to warm his bed in order to warm the whole world. Thus since the sun cannot be stopped, the speaker twists reality, making it seem as though it is his generosity that is allowing the sun to stay.

  1. Discussion on 'To his coy mistress'.

    the use of personification verbs add to the tone of the poem; making time seem as a winged chariot emphasises the rush that the poet is in, it gives the idea of a race commencing (as chariots are used to race with)

  2. The Passionate Shepherd and To His Coy Mistress

    that he would not complain about waiting to reveal his love and would even wait until the conversion of the Jews implying in a very anti-Semitic view, that this would never happen. In this section, he uses the values of ten years to imply how long he would wait before he would reveal his love.

  1. A critique of "The sunne rising".

    is" is a reference to the thought of Dunne and his micro cosmos idea, that this is a bad school of thought and should be ridiculed for this. On the other hand, Ruth Padel comments more on the technical side of the poem, on the rhyming pentameters and how perhaps

  2. Love Poetry - "To His Coy Mistress" and "Sonnets from the Portuguese (XLIII)"

    This is effective, as the woman would think of themselves as united and involved with each other, which would show support and love, also showing false sincerity. Through the use of time in the quotation, he brings up Carpe Diem again, showing how he is pressuring the woman into sexual relations.

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