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How are feelings towards another person shown in To His Coy Mistress and the poem The Farmers Bride?

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How are feelings towards another person shown in "To His Coy Mistress" and the poem "The Farmer's Bride"? (36 Marks) In 'To his coy mistress' Marvell skilfully presents a three-part argument as to why a young woman should enter into a physical relationship with this young male persona. He begins by assuring her that if there was 'but world enough, and time' then both would be thoroughly used for praise and adoration of her beauty. 'You deserve this state' he grovels, to try and get her on his side and then he pounces with his terrifying description of bodily disintegration in the grave. Time won't wait, he explains, before playing his ace in the final stanza. 'Now...while your willing soul transpires...let us sport us' he exclaims, and the reader can imagine his overconfident conviction that his mistress is impressed. She hasn't said she's 'willing' - yet, but he's assured his argument cannot fail. ...read more.

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The 'frightened fay' as the seasons progress, is unlikely to warm to her desperate husband. To get her smile back he would have to learn to talk to her. Marvell's voice uses specific skills to persuade his 'Lady'. The tone of the first stanza is wishful with subjunctive verbs: 'Had we but world enough', he begins, 'this coyness were no crime'. He also uses the conditional verbs of 'would' and 'should' here to flatter and convince the young woman that it's only time that makes waiting impossible. Interestingly, he never uses 'could', a verb which would allow doubt to enter: he can't risk putting any doubt into his lady's mind. In contrast, the scheming coaxer moves on to imperative verbs in stanza 3: 'Let us sport us' and 'Let us roll' are declared enthusiastically, with the conviction that no further argument is required. Verbs such as 'chased', 'caught', 'turned the key upon her', used by Mew's farmer when describing his treatment of his wife demonstrate his inability to treat her like a sensitive human being. ...read more.

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persuasive method of calling her old-fashioned. His tone, at the end of the poem, where he has reached the end of his metaphysical argument, is of great optimism. The final couplet concedes that it may not be possible to slow time down, yet if the 'strength' of the male and the 'sweetness' of the female combine, then together they can at least enjoy their short lives to the full, whilst giving the sun god and his chariot an entertaining 'run'.The reader can only laugh and enjoy the cleverness of the conceit. At the end of Mew's poem, however, there may be concern that the farmer is slipping into madness. 'Oh! My God!' he cries, unable to advance the relationship either by walking up the attic stairs or by talking to his shy and terrified wife. In the last two lines she has almost turned, in his imagination, into an animal with her 'soft young down'. Surely, at this point he recognises that she was definitely 'too young'. Despite his cruelty the reader has to feel some sympathy for him as well as his 'poor maid' of a wife. ...read more.

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