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Comparing 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell & 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti

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Introduction

Comparing 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell & 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was a British writer. He was a poet during the Renaissance period. He was one of the metaphysical poets, known for his works like 'To His Coy Mistress'. He was an assistant to John Milton and a Member of Parliament. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a British writer. She was one of the greatest Victorian poets. She lived a reclusive life and was educated at home. She was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the Victorian Period. She had a very strong Christian Faith and this was shown several times in some of her poems. To His Coy Mistress is a lyrical and metaphysical poem. It's a poem that expresses a thought, an idea or an emotion. It is also characterised by a striking use of wit, irony and wordplay. This is a Carpe Diem poem. We know this because all throughout the poem Andrew Marvell talks about time. In the first stanza he says to his coy mistress that if they had all the time in the world then she could carry on refusing his proposal for as long as she wanted. In the second stanza that time is passing by quickly and that soon they will be old and she would have lost her beauty. ...read more.

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For most parts of the poem he uses a persuasive tone. Stanza 1 In this stanza the narrator attacks his mistress for her coyness by saying 'This coyness lady were no crime' He is saying that she is preventing him from getting what he wants. He then goes on to say 'My vegetable love should grow' Andrew Marvell uses a metaphor here to give the audience a visual image to show the extent of his love for her. He is telling her that his love grows very slowly but in huge amounts. His love is so great that hers should be the same. He is trying to make her fell guilty for not loving him as much as she should. At this point in the poem he is quite anxious to get her into bed so he is willing to use any techniques to persuade her. Stanza 2 In this stanza the narrator is basically saying that they do not have all the time in the world. Time is passing by very quickly and soon they will be old and then they will die. He tells her that nobody will think she is pretty and then she would have lost her chance. In lines 21 and 22 Andrew Marvell uses the imagery of time to put pressure on his mistress. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are young and full of energy. There is a lexical set of energy, life and freshness. They are 'youthful', 'morning', 'sport', 'devour' and 'pow'r'. Also in this stanza the narrator uses a variety of images to get his point through. He say's "Like morning dew" He is talking about her youth. It is like the morning dew it will not last for a very long time. It will be gone really quickly. "Like am'rous birds of prey" Their love should be passionate. They should use up their time to the fullest. It also contrasts with his 'vegetable love'. "Slow-chapt pow'r" Time is eating their life away with slowly grinding jaws. "The iron gates of life" This gate is preventing him form getting what he wants and because it is so hard the only way that he will be able to knock it down is if his mistress joins him. The narrator uses the word 'our' a lot. He is trying to tell his mistress that they are united as one. They're a team and together they can break down the gates and conquer time. He says "Thus, thou we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run" He uses personification once again. They cannot really make the sun run but what he is trying to say is that they can use their time up wisely by having as much fun as possible, in doing this time will go by really quickly. ...read more.

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