• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

During this essay I will be comparing and contrasting Sonnet CXXX by William Shakespeare and To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvell

Extracts from this document...


During this essay I will be comparing and contrasting "Sonnet CXXX" by William Shakespeare and "To his coy mistress" by Andrew Marvell which has been written in the Elizabethan era. In both of these poems they deal with the theme of love. Firstly I will be analysing "Sonnet CXXX" by William Shakespeare. The poem has been written to send a message to poets, telling them that sonnets do not have to be unrealistic; Shakespeare also mocks traditional Elizabethan sonnets. The occasion is that Shakespeare believes in real love not falsely comparing women to god-like creatures. The sonnet was written in the Renaissance era. The sonnet is not traditional to other of that era because he turns traditional sonnets on their head by saying "no such roses see I in her cheeks". The only traditional element of the poem is that it has structure of a traditional sonnet. In this poem Shakespeare deals with the theme of love for example Shakespeare uses Juxtaposition to show that traditional sonnet are unrealistic "If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head." ...read more.


This introduces the theme of transience for example "Time winged chariot hurrying near" this is used (I need HELP!!!!) The structure of the poem has 46 lines and 3 versus; this might be done to show the emotions in graver detail. The poem is written in rhyming couplets to give the poem a more fluid feel. For poetic device, Marvell uses hyperbole "but thirty thousand to the rest". Marvell uses this to show how much in love is in. Marvell builds his arguments by saying "If, So and But" by using this method puts doubt in the lover's mind. The tone of the poem is very tongue in cheek; this is used to tease the mistress. The imagery of the poem is very striking, Marvell shocks the reader by saying "worms shall try that, that long persevered virginity", and the writer said this to convince the mistress to change her mind. Harsh imagery is also implied especially in the third verse, "Than languish in his chapt-slow power". In this section I will be closely comparing the subject, themes and style of "Sonnet CXXX" by William Shakespeare and "to his coy mistress" by Andrew Marvell. ...read more.


The imagery which I particularly enjoyed was the personification of time in Marvell's poem like "Time's winged chariot" it gives the poem a certain degree of urgency. Also the harsh imagery gave the poem a clearer, vivid picture. In "Sonnet CXXX" by William Shakespeare, the use of ionic symbols of love was strong and unique "Coral is far more red than her lips' red". The poem which I personally prefer is "To his coy mistress" by Andrew Marvell. I chose this poem because poem because it tells the unexpected and as I said above it shocks the reader, as well as shocking the reader it brings humour, in my opinion that's what "Sonnet CXXX" failed to do. But on the other hand "Sonnet CXXX" is a very unique and untraditional sonnet with it is own style which is hard to duplicate. With regards "To his coy mistress" you can understand the passion and commitment of the writer in the first and second verses like "Two hundred to adore each breast". We understand how he feels because Marvell writes as if he is desperate for his lovers' affection. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. How do Donne's sonnets differ from Shakespeare's sonnets? In your answer, you should discuss ...

    When Donne is commanding God, he still recognizes that he can overpower him. When talking to God, Donne asks him to "Take mee to you, imprison mee", which suggests that God is still in control of him. However, Shakespeare makes a very bold claim in his sonnet, where he claims

  2. Using Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' as your core poem, show clearly, by ...

    Marvell's physical intentions are mainly suppressed by the far more important spiritual and pure love he has for the young lady. He tastefully describes her physical attributes and he declares his wishes to admire them. 'Two hundred years to adore each breast; / But thirty thousand to the rest; /

  1. Autumn poems comparison essay

    I think that movement words are important as they bring the poem to life. This is because it is easier to create images, as motion makes the picture clearer and more real. Also these words are related to the movement of the season.

  2. Compare 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To His Mistress Going to ...

    Then when he realises that he is having no luck he moves on to scare tactics. "My echoing song: then worms shall try that long preserved virginity". By describing an awful extreme it places a haunting image in her mind. It's less likely to be forgotten if it is visual.

  1. By comparing 'The Collar' and 'Holy Sonnet', discuss how the poets show the difficulties ...

    Throughout his poem Herbert repeats the phrase 'I will abroad', the phrase in itself emphasising Herbert's wish to leave the constrictions of God. The repetition accentuates his determination to do this and to do it alone. Donne instead uses language like 'I...labour to admit you...to no end.'

  2. Compare the presentation of relationships in "My Last Duchess", "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory".

    "And her and her arms and her hands, should drop dead" Here, Browning makes use of the repetition of the connective "and" to show the speaker's excitement about the murder, which reinforces the hatred she holds against her rivals. Her speech almost displays a childlike quality, glee for the act she will commit.

  1. Comparing Metaphysical Poems: Donne and Marvell

    crime', indicating that if they had forever then they could wait forever to get together, but then talks of 'time's winged chariot coming near', meaning that time is running out so she should just sleep with him. Although the use of the word 'winged' makes the description seem holy and

  2. How and in what ways have the poets in this anthology conveyed the Macabre? ...

    This would mean that the tiger could be an evil creature. However, "skies" represents heaven because heaven is considered to be the land of god who lives in the clouds. This would mean that the creature has good intentions. This ties in with the element of mystery because the reader

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work