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Compare The Treatment Of The Themes Of Love And Time In The poems To His Coy Mistress And Sonnet 18.

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Compare The Treatment Of The Themes Of Love And Time In The poems To His Coy Mistress And Sonnet 18 When reading the two poems I found that To His Coy Mistress and Sonnet 18 are both very well structured. The authors Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare show their views very well. The points they showed were love, life and death. The author of 'To His Coy Mistress' Andrew Marvell shows and uses a persuasive argument. A persuasive quote such as 'let us sport us wile we may' means let us do it while we have the opportunity. Shakespeare however is trying to immortalise the beauty of his love and the true amount of love he shows for him. Shakespeare on the other hand wants to 'suck up' to his love. The two poems I have studied both have reference to time and love. Shakespeare writes his poem using romantic love. However, Marvell uses a different kind of approach and uses passionate love as his base. When Shakespeare writes his he describes and praises his lover. ...read more.

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This is not what Marvell did though. He segmented his piece into a tripartite structure of three paragraphs. Both poems conclude with a rhyming couplet. In 'To His Coy Mistress' there are three main cornerstones. These are 'if', 'but' and 'therefore'. Shakespeare starts the poem with a metaphoric question in line one asking if he should compare the man to a summer's day. This asks if he should compare the beauty of a summer's day to the beauty of the young man about whom Shakespeare is writing. Line two of this poem states "Thou art more lovely and more temperate." Temperate is used as a synonym for moderate by the author. In line two the speaker is describing the man as more lovely and more moderate than a summer's day. This emphasizes the man's beauty and how the man is viewed by the speaker. Line three, "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May," tells why the man's beauty is greater than that of a summer's day. ...read more.

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In 'To His Coy Mistress' there are a numerous use of metaphors. In line 11 'My Vegetable love shall grow' the speaker compares his love to vegetative growth, which is slow and unconscious. Of course, this metaphor is ironic because it is in the conditional tense; the speaker knows that he does not have world enough or time, and his impassioned love grows quickly and consciously. In line 22 'Time's winged chariot hurrying near'. The winged chariot is a metaphor for the power of time, for the speed of time (a winged chariot could presumably move quickly), and for the inevitability of time (the sun rises and sets regularly every day). The metaphor expands and enhances "time flies" and sets the darker tone of the second section of the speaker's argument. In line 35 'And while thy willing soul transpires/ At every pore with instant fires,' explains the lover's soul breathes through her body with "instant fires," obviously not intended as literal flames on her skin, but rather to demonstrate how the feeling of ardent desire is like heat. ...read more.

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