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Compare Andrew Marvell's (Marvell) "To His Coy Mistress" (Coy) and Asphra Behn's (Behn) "The Willing Mistress".

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English Coursework Poetry The poems that I am going to compare are Andrew Marvell's (Marvell) "To His Coy Mistress" (Coy). A man called Andrew Marvell who was born in Winestead in Holderness and was the son of a vicar wrote "Coy". He also attended all the Grammar schools in hull. Although most of his poems weren't published until after he died they are favourites for schools to do coursework and to study for examinations. The other poem is Aphra Behn's (Behn) "The Willing Mistress" (Willing). Both the poems have some similarities like they both use archaic language although "Coy" uses it more "Willing" does. ...read more.

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Because of this there is a story behind "Willing". The story is of how she gets led into the shade of the grove and gets passionate sex made to her by "Amyntas." The mood in coy is sexual frustration because he can't get this girl to come to bed with him by normal means so he try's to seduce her. But in "Willing" the mood is different in the aspect that "Amyntas" has got his female companion to make love to him in a public place so he is therefore happy which makes the mood very happy. The imagery used in "Coy" is that of a blissful and disgusting nature. ...read more.

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This is because "Behn" describes how they won't be caught as the sun is on their side and that they can play sexual games without being caught. "Coy's" structure is that it has three distinctive stages but only the one stanza when "Willing" has three stanzas. However they both use the same line structure. "Coy" has a rhyming pattern of aabbccdd whereas "Willing" has a rhyming pattern of ababcdcd. In "Coy" there is no rhythm as such but in "Willing" there is and that is a regular rhythm. Both "Behn" and "Marvell" use poetic devices in their poems such as metaphors and similes. I wait for the right think that the poets message in the poems is that you can't always person but if you find that person don't let them get away. Michael Hughes 11HY ...read more.

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