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Comparing 'The Sun Rising' and 'To His Coy Mistress'.

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Comparing 'The Sun Rising' and 'To His Coy Mistress' Donne and Marvell take the theme of love to be the overriding theme throughout their poems. But there are ideas such as time itself which are intertwined in the poem. They both view and express that the love between a man and women should ultimately lead to sex. However, Donne has experienced this love with the lady he adores and Marvell's lover is yet to relinquish her 'long-preserved virginity'. The two poems also have references to time throughout the stanzas. Donne perceives time as a different pressure from what Marvell believes it is. The persona Donne assumes has just spent a night with a lady. This gives him the feeling of great power. He believes himself and his love for his lady to be more potent than time itself. He describes 'hours, days, months' to be the 'rags of time' meaning time is so formulated, whereas their love is free from routine and a greater power than time. ...read more.


This also ties in with the idea that the night that Donne has just spent has given him the feeling of power. However, he overlooks the fact that time is an enemy of the sun itself. Both poets intend to flatter their lovers. They both compliment individual features of their lovers. Donne focuses on the eyes of his lady. He describes her eyes as being so bright that they may blind the sun itself. My favourite line of the poem encompasses the whole world between the two lovers: 'She's all States, and all Princes, I'. This conveys Donne's idea that he values the love he and the lady share as the most important thing in his life. Marvell shows a humorous side by using a few affectionate jokes to lighten the mood of poem. He depicts the two of them having to 'sit down, and think which way to walk, and pass our long love's day'. Following this, Marvell uses great leaps in first distance, between the Ganges and Humber, and then time, between the great flood of biblical times and the supposed 'conversion of the Jews'. ...read more.


Whereas Donne describes his bed as a world in itself. Marvell's poem has a different structure from Donne's. Marvell uses rhyming couplets throughout the poem. This gives the poem a fast rhythm and carries you on from line to the next. He also uses enjambment in lines such as: 'We would sit down, and think which way To walk, and pass our long love's day.' This enjambment slows the tempo of the poem down so more stress can be put on the alliteration 'long love's'. In Donne's poem the second line of every stanza is short. This is because the first line is a bold statement and the contrast in line structure gives the lines more impact. Donne also uses many pronouns, particularly I. This makes the reader see that the poem revolves around Donne and his lover. Overall I find both poems both to be amusing. Donne has the arrogant feeling that after one night with his lover he is the centre of the universe and Marvell shows, aside from all the compliments, all he is interested in is sex. George Tuck ...read more.

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