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Comparison: 'To his coy mistress' and 'Lay your sleeping head my love'.

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Comparison: 'To his coy mistress' and 'Lay your sleeping head my love' By Adam Jenner This is a comparison between 'To His Coy Mistress' written by Andrew Marvell in the seventeenth century, and 'Lay Your Sleeping Head My Love' written by W.H Auden in 1937 'Lay your sleeping head' my love and 'To his coy mistress' are very similar in many respects, yet are also fairly different. On a basic level they are both poems written to a lover by the poet about love and persuasion. Yet on a deeper level they are very different in both the language and the style of writing. ...read more.


Also I believe that 'Lay your sleeping head my love' may not be persuading as such however it is more a discussion of what other people's opinions are "And fashionable madmen raise: Their pedantic boring cry" I believe that this shows that the relationship between the poet and his lover is almost certainly opposed by another party of parties whom wish to break up the relationship over superficial problems, W.H Auden however strongly dislikes them and ignores their comments about the relationship hence "Their pedantic boring cry". Meanwhile in 'To his coy mistress' the piece is more of persuasion to his mistress about the honesty of his love and to persuade her to do what his mistress is unwilling to do and there ...read more.


It then goes on to talk of in the most wishful of thinking tone if he had all the time in the world he would spend his endless time upon: "An hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze. Two hundred to adore each breast: But thirty thousand years to the rest. And the last age shall show your heart" Such exaggerations in my view work very well in the poem in expressing his feelings of lust for her and how he would love nothing more than to spend an eternity with her and exploring every part of his body over such a long time. ...read more.

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