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Compare 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To His Mistress Going to Bed' by John Donne

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Coursework Compare 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To His Mistress Going to Bed' by John Donne 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'To His Mistress Going to Bed' are both poems about men seducing women. They centre on sex rather than love or romance. Sixteenth and seventeenth century attitudes to love and relationships were much stricter going as far as wealthy people asking their perspective lovers to marry them via love poem or letter. Though this has changed from the sixteenth and seventeenth century to today, little else has. It is still most common for a man to initiate a relationship, and men are still perceived as the most sex obsessed. However, even though we are led to believe that their attitudes were more conservative, the attitudes conveyed in these poems are very raw and primitive in the way that they make sex the ultimate. The men are desperate begging the women for sex. So we could say that these men were hypocritical for wanting their women pure for marriage but willing to have sex with them pre-marriage! These poems are both themed on love, sex, romance and seduction. However, the attitudes towards their relationships and lovers are completely unlike. Andrew Marvell uses all forms of persuasion both negative and positive to get her into bed with him. On the other hand John Donne doesn't seem to have to persuade his lover to sleep with him at all; it seems that she is already willing. ...read more.

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It's a matter of opinion. How the poem is written is a lot to do with the century it is written in, the poetic era, the poetic influences and lastly (but most obviously) the poet's personality. Now, with a first glance at his poem you would probably find it rather confusing because of the graphic imagery and explicit sexual content. However when you take a closer look at the poem you can see Donne expressing his religious side. So we can tell that John Donne was a religious man and religion was very important to him: "In this loves hallow'd temple, this soft bed. In such white robes, heaven's angels used be Received by men: thou Angel bring'st with thee A heaven like Mahomet's Paradise and though Ill spirits walk in white, we easily know, By this these Angels from an evil sprite," All the words above are religious references, so as you can see he really did express his religious side. This also helps the poem convey it's deeper, richer, more meaningful aspects. Now although Andrew Marvell does mention the soul it is not in conjunction with religion, it is more to do with death and pressurization. Having said this, Marvell does reveal his own unique personality. Marvell's poem is strong and forceful which is a direct reflection of the person that he was. ...read more.

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Today we are more free to talk about our emotions. Back in those centuries' people didn't have the opportunities we have today to express themselves where as in Donne and Marvell's times emotional outlets were few and far between. Therefore when they did get an opportunity they really went into graphic detail, and although this can seem quite disgusting I can understand why it had to be this way. My favourite of the two poems is "To His Mistress Going to Bed". I preferred it because the atmosphere created by Donne is more loving, romantic and sincere. It really showed that he had deep emotional capability. In conclusion I found both Donne's and Marvell's poetry quite amusing and in some ways comical, I say this for the reason that, you wouldn't find many men writing love letters and poems to the girl they may adore or even love nowadays, because over time or even five centuries, people change, peoples' habits change and so do the way of their love life. However, for a female, a love letter or even a poem is far more affectionate than a box of chocolates ever could be. ?? ?? ?? ?? This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ M.Jaberansari 10C ENGLISH Mr. Nigel Cropper This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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