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How Do The Poems 'To His Coy Mistress', 'The Sick Rose' And 'Sonnet 138' Convey The Imperfect Nature Of Love.

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How Do The Poems 'To His Coy Mistress', 'The Sick Rose' And 'Sonnet 138' Convey The Imperfect Nature Of Love. In this essay I will be writing about the poems 'To His Coy Mistress' written by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), 'The Sick Rose' written by William Blake (1751-1827) and 'Sonnet 138' by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). In these three poems, they are showing aspects of how love is not perfect in their own different ways; they do not talk about the romantic side of love. In my opinion of love, the word 'love' in today's world is over used. Many people today, mainly teenagers, use the word 'love' just to get into bed with somebody else or because they like the other persons body. Although all the poems deal with imperfect love, they all have diverse themes, In 'To His Coy Mistress' the poet is trying to persuade a woman to have sex with him before its to late and they die. In 'Sonnet 138' is about two lovers' lying to each other about their age and how lies can keep a relationship going. ...read more.

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'And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy' (Stanza2 Lines7-8) The poets approach their subjects in different ways and this is reflected in the tones/moods. In 'To His Coy Mistress' the poet's mood gets stronger and stronger and more persuasive in each stanza, this is because the poet is extremely desperate to seduce this girl and to have sex with her. 'For lady, you deserve this state; Nor would I love at lower rate' (Stanza 2 lines 19-20) In 'The Sick Rose' it is strong all the way through, it is very dramatic all the way through and is very much like a sermon. 'Sonnet 138' the poet is very laid back but at the same time being serious, he is choosing his words thoughtfully. The structure and rhythms in each of the poems are very different, 'To His Coy Mistress' has three stanzas and an aabbccdd rhyming scheme. The poem gets stronger in each stanza, in the first stanza he uses flattery, in the second he tries to scare her into sex. ...read more.

Conclusion

(Stanza 1 Lines15-16) In Sonnet 138 it doesn't use many imagery but it does contrast the lovers world. In the lovers world they believe in each other's lies but in the real world they know they are lying to each other. 'Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, Although she knows my days are past the best' (Quatrain2 lines 5-6) My ideas show that the poems all show the imperfect nature of love, 'To His Coy Mistress' shows it in a persuasive sexual way and tries to scare the person into having sex, whereas, 'Sonnet 138' is a lot lighter and only talks about how lying is keeping their relationships together. 'The Sick Rose' is a warning about love and sex. The poem that depicts the meaning of imperfect nature of love is 'The Sick Rose', this is because it is a very strong poem and is a bit like a sermon. Although having a lot of interpretations the main idea of the poem is a warning of love and sex, on line two with 'the invisible worm' (line 2) is like a disease like AIDS or is something devious and unknown. The poem is also very biblical. ...read more.

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