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Men and woman often think and behave differently in relation to love. Write about 'To His Coy Mistress' and Our Love Now' comparing how the poets have presented men's and woman's attitudes.

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Men and woman often think and behave differently in relation to love. Write about 'To His Coy Mistress' and Our Love Now' comparing how the poets have presented men's and woman's attitudes. Introduction In the 17th century the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' was written in this time and the society of that time was very much patriarchal. The woman, were treated with no consideration at all. The men were very derogatory towards the woman. The men instructed the woman to do a task for them; the woman would have no say, as it was out of her place to disagree with the men. They had to just agree to that instruction. The men treated woman as if they were possessions, woman had no say in the matter. In men's eyes woman were just sexual prey to them, they used woman without considering that woman in fact too have feelings and are not just sexual prey to keep them sexually interested. The irritating fact is that woman had no power other than being the wives of powerful men. 'Our Love now' was written in the 21st century. ...read more.

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An example of dramatic imagery is that of: "Thy beauty shall no more be found; Not, in thy marble, vault, shall sound My echoing song: then worms shall try That long preserved virginity". This quote informs us that no matter how hard he tries he cannot convince her with flattery, so therefore he uses dramatic imagery that hopefully she will not like in order for her to change her mind and sleep with him. The dramatic image he makes use of is that if she dies a virgin when it comes to dead bodies the worms like to eat the remains of them, the worms will lose her virginity for her, and by having the worms eating at her remains her beauty will also be lost. The poem starts off using the first person singular- meaning he makes use of 'I' quite a lot, but as we get towards the end of the poem the first person singular is no longer shown and in it's replacement is 'We' (first person plural) he deliberately uses 'we' to make her feel included, a part of the poem. Marvell uses the rhetorical devices of flattery to convince the mistress to sleep with him. ...read more.

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the way this is structured it immediately presents the opposition of views of the couples argument which are totally different to one another. Conclusion The similarities of the two poems are that they both have a man and woman relationship, both men are persuading the woman of their own perspective. And in both poems we hear the man's voice predominantly through the first person. The differences of the two poems is that in 'Our Love Now' which contains a two sided argument whereas in 'To His Coy Mistress' it only contains a one sided argument and that is from the man's perspective only. However the woman's opinion in 'Our Love Now' reflects how society has changed and what impact this has on men and female relationships. The poem which I prefer would have to be 'Our Love Now' this is because it was written in the 21st century where woman no longer have to be bound to their men in other terms they are more independent and can have their own say. And this poem shows you just that, by at the end of the poem she is having the last word, standing up for her rights and I'm all for it! Jo Kiddy English coursework* ...read more.

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