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Comparison of three love poems "She Dwelt Among her untrodden ways," by William Wordsworth, "A Slumber did my Spirit Seal," by William Wordsworth and "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell.

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Comparison of Three Love Poems The poems I will discuss are "She Dwelt Among her untrodden ways," by William Wordsworth, "A Slumber did my Spirit Seal," by William Wordsworth and "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell. William Wordsworth's poems are dedicated to his love Lucy who died suddenly. Wordsworth expresses his pain and his heartache through his poems. The other poem by Andrew Marvell is based around his mistress who feels she is not ready to have sex with him. Marvell wrote this poem to seduce his mistress into having sex with him. Both these poems portray different moods and attitudes towards love. The poem "She Dwelt Among Her Untrodden Ways" by William Wordsworth is a poem about his love that died, Lucy. Wordsworth wrote this poem, in my opinion to get over the loss of Lucy. Wordsworth uses the first line of the poem as the title to make the poem seem simple and straightforward just like his love for Lucy. Wordsworth also uses a rhyming scheme to slow down the pace of the poem, making his love seem simple. This rhyming scheme also shows us that Wordsworth put time and effort into this poem. The word "untrodden" in the title reveals that an element of the personality of Lucy. ...read more.

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He uses "diurnal" instead of daily to show how much he cared for her and how much he cared about her. The title being used as the first line gives the poem a simplistic feel and puts even more emphasis on how much he loved her. Also the alliteration of the title gives it a soft and soothing tone. The poem "To his Coy Mistress" is written by Andrew Marvell and is about his mistress who feels she is not ready to have sex with him. Marvell wrote this poem to seduce his mistress into having sex with him. Marvell uses different methods to seduce his mistress into having sex with him. Marvell uses different methods to seduce his mistress; he uses flattery and fear. He starts the poem by addressing his lover that it would be no crime to have sexual relations. This portrays the image that there is a need for physical love before its too late and that life is a game with love versus time. Marvell doesn't see love as a serious thing he just sees it as enjoyment and something he can have with anyone. Marvell uses imagery to try to win his mistress around. ...read more.

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This statement reinforces Marvell's point; they should seize the moment and participate in sex while they are young and "fresh." Marvell then uses passionate images to win over his mistress. "And tear our pleasures with rough strife" is just one of these images. The last two lines of this poem are "Thus we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run" which is in my opinion saying that they can't stop time but they can give it a good run for its money. After going through these poems in detail I came to the conclusion that Wordsworth and Marvell both have different views on love. Wordsworth has a genuine approach to love as we see from his poems "A slumber did my spirit seal" and "She dwelt among her untrodden ways" where he is in grievance over the death of his love Lucy. Marvell on the other hand sees love as just sex and would do almost anything to coax his mistress into having sex with him as we see in his poem "To his Coy Mistress" where he is saying he loves her then decides to scare her into having sex with him by saying that she will not be beautiful forever. Sam Meighan 12A page 1 ...read more.

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