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Comparing 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'One Flesh

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Comparing 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'One Flesh These are two poems wrote at very different times, and have some very different views about love and what is contained in love. Andrew Marvell wrote 'To His Coy Mistress,' in the 17th century has views are of a man thinking about his sex life. 'One Flesh,' written by Elizabeth Jennings in the 20th century has views from a daughter looking at her parents with a sympathetic view. In 'To His Coy Mistress,' the language within this poem is much like the style of language used in Shakespeare's work, and it would seem they had similar interests and motives on writing their pieces. It seems that the only reason for Marvell to write this poem was to try and get his Lady-friend to advance their caring relationship into a sexual relationship. Within this poem all he is really doing is trying to persuade his girlfriend to change her mind about wanting to die pure and innocent, as she wants to die a virgin, and goes about this by describing some horrific images. This could show that he wants her to be scared out of her state of mind and into his beliefs. He starts off trying to sweeten her into wanting to have sex with him, he says Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, Lady, were no crime. ...read more.


He is not trying to convince her by sweetening her into sleeping with him and he is not trying to make her picture horrific images about her death. This is probably the section that will get her to sleep with him because she knows it's the honest truth. The only thing that will not help is that because he is no longer a virgin he knows how it feels and what happens, and because she is still 'pure' she doesn't know. His experience means that he states the feelings within the section, which could put her off because it goes into a bit too much detail for a lady to approve. He describes the sex as fun and a sport. He explains it as, Let us roll all our strength, and all Our sweetness, up into on ball: And tear our pleasures with rough strife Thorough the iron grates of life. To be honest I think this is a little too much detail for it to be in a newspaper, especially in the 17th century, because if this was for a lady to read she could possibly find it offensive or just too explicit. He then finishes off with saying if we did have sex we would have such a good time would just fly by and before we knew it the sun would have risen and a new day would have come. ...read more.


Now they have a good relationship on the inside despite what is shown on the outside. "Strangely apart, yet strangely close together," this says that maybe they know that they love each other so it doesn't have to be expressed with words or actions. It then goes onto tell us that there is a comfortable silence between them, which could show their inactive sex life, this is like the other poem, their young relationship, not having sex but still loving each other. She then asks a question we'll never know the answer to, but I'm sure she did. She asks that if they know they are old, which I'm sure they do but don't feel as old as they truly are. Finally she says, "Whose fire from which I came, has now grown cold?" This is saying that when the relationship of her parents was a young, fiery, explosive one, has now grown cold. It could also be interpreted as the fire being the heat from the sex, which was when she was made, and has now grown cold, meaning there is no longer the sexual heat warming their bodies throughout. These are two very different poems but they are questioning the same thing, whether or not the couple's love each other to which I think in the first I think they could love each other but don't just yet. In the second couple I think they know very well they love each other, they just have no need to express it physically. ...read more.

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