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Comparison of 'Our Love Now' and 'One Flesh' with 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Rapunzstiltskin'

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Introduction

Comparison of 'Our Love Now' and 'One Flesh' with 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Rapunzstiltskin' All 4 of these poems are based round male and female relationships, each author portrays different ideas of these relationships through their poems. The first comparison I'll make will be between 'Our Love Now' with 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Rapunzstiltskin'. Martyn Lowery presents his poem as an argument with his partner. His argument and his partner's responses are placed side by side so one can compare the two arguments. This idea of argument and convincing one's partner to do something is also present in Andrew Marvell's poem in which the narrator is trying to get his partner to sleep with him. However, in Marvell's poem you only get one side of the argument which I don't think is as affective as having both. It does however give us insight on what the character's personality may be like, perhaps he isn't interested in his mistress' response just as long as he manages to persuade her. The use of metaphors in both poems is strong. Both writers refer to love as a living thing. ...read more.

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'His tendency to talk in strung-together clich�' seems to indicate the usage of cheap chat up lines, which are now very common. The 'maiden' is used to portray a typical females views and opinions. The way she is show to be 'throwing him all the usual lifelines' because 'he did look sort of gorgeous axe and all' and then expects him to commit to her simply because of her expectations as a woman. In comparison to 'Our Love Now', this poem is very different. However, the first time I read 'Our Love Now', it seemed to me as though the man had perhaps had an affair or caused his partner some grief and was now trying to win her back with some romantic poetry simple because its what girls are supposed to fall for. This carries the same implications as Liz's poem, where the man seems to be after sex rather than commitment, and by the time he realises what the girl wants its too late. The presentation of both poems is very different, 'Our Love Now' is written so that both arguments can be seen side by side. ...read more.

Conclusion

This tells me that both writers are showing that girls whether old or young are more into dreaming, whereas men are more into sex. This isn't clear in 'One Flesh' but 'the book he holds unread' implies that his mind is elsewhere. The titles of both poems are very similar. I noticed 'Rapunzstiltskin' is actually a mixture of two names, making them sound as one person. This oneness is also shown through the title 'One Flesh', where two people are one when having sex or because of a bond between them. In Jennings' poem it could also be referring to her as she is a mixture of both fleshes and combines them as one. There is a contrast in tone, Jennings writes her poem with more poignancy whereas Liz's poem contains more humour. The reason for this I believe is that the love between Jennings' parents will soon end, 'time itself's a feather Touching them gently', this seems to indicate that their time is ending. Liz's poem has quite a drastic ending which can be seen as sad when you compare it to the expectation of a happy ever after fairytale ending. All of these poems share similar aspects in ideas, their differences in presentation and language tends to separate them. ...read more.

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There is much useful and thoughtful material here. The essay writer draws upon evidence from the poems to support his/her analysis, though sometimes additional references would be helpful and in some cases conclusions are not adequately supported by the evidence.

Sentence construction is mostly competent, though with a few errors in punctuation and grammar. Paragraphing is mostly too fragmented and needs revision.

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