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Compare and contrast Two poems - To his coy mistress - The rising Sun.

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GCSE English Course Work - Compare and contrast Two poems. To his coy mistress To His Coy Mistress' is also about an existing relationship, but this poem is designed to persuade his mistress to sleep with him. To His Coy Mistress" follows a classical argument form of persuasion. He begins by outlining how things would be if everything were perfect, then moves on to pointing out the stark reality of the situation before drawing a logical conclusion to persuade her over to his point of view. He uses a classical structure of rhyming couplets to match his classical style of argument. Marvell doesn't use repetition, but he does use an escalation in quantity to exaggerate his point in the first verse where he is outlining how long he would adore each part of her body if he had all the time in the world. ...read more.

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As the Jews are said to refuse to be converted to Christianity until the world ends, he is claiming that he will be patient until a very distant time in the future. He says that his love will grow `more slow' than Empires. It takes many, many years for an Empire to develop, so he again stresses his patience in waiting for something powerful and precious. He claims that he would spend hundreds of years focussing on various parts of her body:' an hundred years should go to praise thine eyes...' If he had huge amounts of time at his disposal, he would use it to worship every part of her. To his Coy Mistress is also exaggerated and humorous to some extent, but after he has mocked her desire to be admired endlessly by him, without giving in to his desire to sleep with her, he warns her very seriously that there just isn't enough time for such things. ...read more.

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He could close his eyes to block out the sun (showing his power compared with the sun's), but he doesn't want to do this because he cannot bear to lose sight of his lover. He challenges the sun tomorrow to tell him if the treasures of India are still there, or if they have moved to be with him instead. This develops into an extended metaphor where Donne compares himself with a king, whereas all the real kings are merely playing compared with what he has right now in his world. The sun is half as happy as he, and there's a clever bit of word play right at the end where Donne says that because the whole world is in their beds right now, all the sun has to do is shine on those beds and it has illuminated the whole world. It makes life easier for the sun in its old age. ...read more.

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