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OCR Coursework - The Attitudes towards love in 'To His Coy Mistress,' and 'Sonnet' are different. Discuss.

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OCR Coursework - The Attitudes towards love in 'To His Coy Mistress,' and 'Sonnet' are different. Discuss. 'Sonnet' by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell are both poems which explore love. . . different loves. Fun Andrew Marvell's carpe diem displays an openly sexual lust when compared to serious Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's both serious and intense lyric poem. It seems as if the sonnet expresses a much more pure, and in areas, religious and romantic view towards love than 'To His Coy Mistress.' This essay is going to discuss both poets' attitudes towards love and explore their different approaches. In the first twenty lines of 'To His Coy Mistress,' Andrew Marvell opens the poem in a manner of admiration and respect for the woman's body. "Two hundred to adore each breast." (Line 15.) This quote illustrates Marvell's respect for her body. The poet also describes how he would like to love the woman by cleverly using time to represent love: "Love you ten years before the flood;" (Line 8.) This powerful line shows us how Andrew Marvell would love the lady before the beginning of recorded time, if he could. Andrew Marvell would like to give the lady what she deserves and love her properly. ...read more.


Line twenty-one of 'To His Coy Mistress' changes the entire feeling of the poem. Andrew Marvell basically begins to introduce the idea of life being too short to love the woman properly after his long description of how he would in the first part of the poem. "But at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near;" (Lines 21 - 22.) These lines point out that the poet does not have enough time to love her how he would like to. Marvell then goes on to express his thoughts about love ending after death. "And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity." (Lines 23 - 24.) There is a feeling at this point that the poem is not religious and, also, that Andrew Marvell is not at all serious about his love for the woman. After these four lines it becomes very clear that the poet does not have a thoughtful or spiritual attitude towards love in 'To His Coy Mistress.' On the other hand, in Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's 'Sonnet,' there is a strong sense of religious related love throughout the poem. "In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith." (Line 10.) Indicates to us that unlike 'To His Coy Mistress,' this poem shows a belief of love after death and therefore, again, paints a much more passionate and life-long image of true love. ...read more.


(Lines 31 -32.) However, 'Sonnet,' is the total opposite in terms of language used. Elizabeth Barrett-Browning uses terminology that is very strong and this has an important effect on the whole attitude of love displayed in the sonnet. Unlike 'To His Coy Mistress,' the poem consists of grave and momentous language that adds to the tenseness of 'Sonnet.' "I love thee with the passion put to use," (Line 9.) This quote is an example of powerful language that creates a more intense, lyric sonnet which has an attitude that is much more serious than that explored in 'To His Coy Mistress.' In conclusion, 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell displays a view towards love which is more of a sexual lust... a carpe diem that shows his hunger and interest of sexual intercourse with the woman. It is clear that Marvell does not have enough time to love the lady properly, and the language and structure of the poem creates an overall humorous and fun attitude towards love. 'Sonnet,' however, uses a structure and vocabulary that explores the unconditional great depth of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's true love. It is apparent in the sonnet that she has all the time in the world for her husband. As a result, 'Sonnet' has a more serious, religious and romantic attitude towards love compared to fun 'To His Coy Mistress.' ?? ?? ?? ?? Vicki Jones ...read more.

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