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In this essay I am going to compare two metaphysical poems; 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Dunne.

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Comparison Of John Dunne and Andrew Marvell In this essay I am going to compare two metaphysical poems; 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Dunne. Andrew Marvell and John Dunne are both called metaphysical poem writers. Andrew Marvell is known to be one of the greatest metaphysical poets, and John Dunne is known to be the father of metaphysical poetry. Metaphysical strictly means a type of philosophy. However, the word is used for this group of poets and was originally used by John Dryden in the seventeenth century. In this essay I am going to write what the two poems mean. The similarities of the two poems, the language, imagery and structure of the poems. I am also going to talk about the nature of the poems and the religious content in them. This will include talking about the three - fold structure of the poem, called a syllogism. It is all written in octosyllables and they the poems are written using the iambic tetrameter, this means that all lines are written with eight syllables. ...read more.

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In ' To His Coy Mistress' the writer is trying to say that he wants to make sexual contact, but his partner does not want to, so in the poem, he is trying to make out he is extremely desperate to make love. He ties to charm her by saying in the poem, ' My vegetable love should grow vaster than empires and more slow,' by saying this he is having an erection. You can see why these two poems are alike, because they both want to make love, (the person in ' The Flea' and the person in ' To His Coy Mistress'). They both have the same kind of story in the poem and are written very differently. I think the way the two poets write the poems show the passion and charisma towards their mistresses. ' To His Coy Mistress' shows some religious content. For example, ' Till the conversion of the Jews', that says that he is religious and a fundamentalist towards his religion. In ' The Flea' some of the religious content is, ' Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is, ' I think marriage is a holy thing and he says the word ' Temple' which I think is connected because temple is a place of worship. ...read more.

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It is also a form of torture in Pakistani jails because you feel like the walls are closing in on you. In ' To His Coy Mistress' the narrator tries to charm his mistress by also talking about famous places like the River Ganges. This also is religious but I think he is also trying to say, lets make love like where walking past the beautiful river, which gets him really excited, thinking about it. So, he is thinking that she will also get excited. The imagery the poet tried to use was really magnificent and it would persuade the mistress even more. In ' The Flea' a really good part of imagery is the way he uses the religious content using the temple. He is trying to say it is very large and beautiful, which to me is a form of charm. This shows to me that he is very willing to seduce her. We can see both of the writers' personality coming through. The poems show to me, that they are personal. Overall, I think the two poems main story line is the same but the way the poems are written, their styles are completely different because of the way the poets put forward the way to seduce the mistresses in the poems. ...read more.

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