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Explore the different ways the poets of 'Sonnet 116','To His Coy Mistress' and 'The Sun Rising' have structured their poems to present a conflict between love and time

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Reuben Blankley-Woods Explore the different ways the poets of 'Sonnet 116','To His Coy Mistress' and 'The Sun Rising' have structured their poems to present a conflict between love and time. The conflict between love and time is present in all three poems in different ways. Shakespeare structured 'Sonnet 116' to show that true love conquers time and you can see this from the first line. Marvell structured his poem to prove the opposite. Donne, on the other hand, structured 'The Sun Rising' to show he can defeat time by making his own universe of love in his own bed. The similarity between the poems is that all of them are about the conflict between love and time, but the differences are what angles they come from. William Shakespeare has a strong belief that true love conquers time. This is quite obvious through many sections of the poem. Shakespeare says that love, "The marriage of true minds..." is perfect and unchanging. We see this also in the line, "Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds..." which says that even though time affects the appearance of people, it does not effect the way in which lovers feel for each other. Therefore the physical side to love may diminish over time but the feelings will only get stronger. ...read more.


'To His Coy Mistress' has a mixture of setting in it. In verse one, a physical setting is used. "Thou by the Indian Ganges' side Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide Of the Humber would complain..." I feel that this means that he sees her in an elevated light with her being in the beauty and exotic Indian river and he by the plain Humber. He is almost comparing her with the beauty of rubies and the exotic Indian river and saying that she deserves to be their with her beauty. However, verse two has both a physical and metaphysical setting. By the line "Deserts of vast eternity"I believe he is scaring her by saying before they know it their youth with have deteriorate due to time catching up with them and the lust for each other will disappear. Unlike the other poets, Donne has taken a physical setting, the bedroom, and turned it into a metaphorical setting, his own universe. The line, "This bed thy centre is, these walls thy sphere" shows this. Shakespeare has structured his poem to show that people change over time whereas love does not. He uses Spondee as a vital part of his argument, "Loves not times fool" and "Oh no! ...read more.


Another powerful piece of language in the poem 'Sonnet 116' are the last two lines ("If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.") in which Shakespeare basically says that if he is wrong about love then he never wrote and nobody ever did love. This shows strongly his belief that love does in fact conquer time and the passionate way in which he wrote this poem shows this. The conversational way in which John Donne wrote 'The Sun Rising' adds to the three piece argument he is trying to get across. Personally, I think that the way in which he finally conquers the sun is put across in an amazing metaphorical way that just shows that his love can conquer time when he creates his own universe in his bed, "This bed thy centre is, these walls thy sphere." 'To His Coy Mistress', I feel, is written out of desperation rather than love. I think this due to the fact that he seems to be reminding her that time is catching up with her and her "...beauty shall no more be found" make me feel he does not love her because love is a feeling that doesn't alter even if people do. Yet, I suppose that this helps get his point across that time conquers love so they should embrace in the physical side of love whilst they can. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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