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Compare the poet's treatment of 'seduction' in 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Passionate Shepherd To His Love' by Christopher Marlowe

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Compare the poet's treatment of 'seduction' in 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Passionate Shepherd To His Love' by Christopher Marlowe Andrew Marvell the writer of 'To His Coy Mistress' was an English poet and satirist. He was born in Winestead, Yorkshire, and went to Hull Grammar School and the University of Cambridge. He was once a member of parliament in 1659. It was possible that he got married to Mary Palmer but it remains in doubt. Other well-known and much-anthologised poems he wrote are: 'The Garden', 'The Definition of Love', and 'Bermudas'. Christopher Marlowe was around just under thirty years before Andrew Marvell. Marlowe was also an English poet and also a playwright. He was considered the first great English dramatist and the most important Elizabethan dramatist before Shakespeare. ...read more.

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so he is going out of his way - offering her lots of precious gifts - to try and convince her to live with him. In the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' the man tries to seduce his mistress by saying things like being shy is a crime, 'This coyness, lady, were no crime.' She losing her looks and she's not getting any prettier, 'Thy beauty shall no more be found;' and then resorts to saying if she doesn't lose her virginity soon, she will die a virgin and the worms will take her virginity from her in her coffin, '...worms shall try that long served virginity:' - this comes across as a bit of a threat, which indicates he is getting impatient and violent. ...read more.

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The man in the poem tries to convince his mistress to sleep with him using just negative points. The way he tries to convince her could be classed as bullying, like when he tells his mistress that she should sleep with him when she's young and full of the passions of life because she isn't getting any prettier, 'Now therefore, while the youthful hew Sits on thy skin like morning dew, And while thy willing soul transpires At every pore with instant Fires.' In 'The Passionate Shepherd To His Love', Christopher Marlowe treats seduction in a lot more of a positive way. The shepherd in the poem attempts to convince his love to live with him using only positive points and being romantic an example of this is, 'Come live with me my Love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field, And all the craggy mountains yield.' By Tom Rushton-Large ...read more.

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