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Compare and contrast ways in which attitudes to love are expressed in three of four poems you have studied.

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AMDG. Joshua Gray Compare and contrast ways in which attitudes to love are expressed in three of four poems you have studied. Introduction: The poems that I have chosen are: 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell. 'Sonnets 18 by William Shakespeare, and 'To the virgins, to make much of time' by Robert Herrick. All the above poems are poems about the subject of love. Each poem is very passionate and complex in nature when you initially read it for the first time and consequently they have stood the test of time and lasted hundreds of years. This portrays a conclusion to what some poets say because they express how the poems will last forever. There are many various themes used throughout the poems. Time, beauty, praise for the beloved and how love can be confused by lust are all reoccurring themes in these poems and sum up many pre-18th century love poems. However, two themes that are central to this form of poetry are 'Carpe diem'- seize the day - and how the incessant march of time contributes to the fading of beauty. ...read more.

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"And your quaint honour turn to dust, / and in his ashes all my lust" He evinces no desire for marriage, and such love he has for his mistress is subjunctive. "Perhaps with world enough and time," "My vegetable love should grow / vaster than empires and more slow;" but without it love does not even enter into the scheme of things. Here we could have a double entendre, Andrew Marvell could be telling a dirty joke, something more risqu�, about how his 'vegetable' would grow large. Or perhaps he is just using a romantic image. In 'To the virgin' Herrick also refers to the idea of the passing of time being a contributory factor to the passing of beauty. However, Is Herrick's argument that the passing of time is a contributory factor to the fading of beauty, so different to Marvell's theory, in that he finds it desirous that the young should marry? He writes "Gather all rosebuds while ye may," here we know that he is metaphorically referring to the young of the world who have not yet been subjected to the wrath that old age brings; because the rose is still a bud and has not fully bloomed. ...read more.

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However, in 'to his coy mistress' Marvell is directing his poem at a female, and is seeking a reward, so his is tactics to scare her and too subdue into bed. Therefore we may not be able to trust his point of view. For instance the title that he has chosen 'To his coy mistress' implies a certain falseness, as the word 'coy' suggests an almost an insincere form of modesty and it indicates that his mistress assumes an air of false coyness in order to gain assurance of his feelings towards her for her own validation. He then has the audacity to say that her coyness is a "crime" which is a clever use of irony and it is an attempt to make her feel like a criminal. He tells her that she would go the "Ganges" and he would be at the "tide of Humber" complaining. The point of this illustration was that the Indian Ganges at that time was an exotic and romantic place, and could only be visited if a long and arduous journey was taken to the other side of the world. It forms a sharp contrast to the "tide of the Humber" which is a rather boring and dismal place in the north of England by comparison... ...read more.

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