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Comparison between To his coy mistress and Sonnet 116
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Andrew Marvel's "To his Coy Mistress" and Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 are two poems which focus on similar themes but have different viewpoints in seeing them. Both pieces have the running ideas of love and time. The two poems "To His Coy Mistress" and Sonnet 116 were written in the late 16th and 17th century at a time when early and premature death were extremely common. However Shakespeare lived during the Elizabethan era which also known as the renaissance because it was the golden age for theatre and drama. This reflects in the nature of his poem where he refers to love as never-ending which could be a sign of the peacefulness of the time he lived in. Andrew Marvell however lived during the 17th century. This was a time where the English civil war was taking place and there was unrest in many parts of England. There were also religious upheavals with the popular growth of Protestantism. There was a great deal of religious scepticism as people tried to pick their faith. In addition to this Marvell was quite a rich young man when he wrote this poem. There have reports that he travelled Europe in his youth visiting many
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