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Persuasion methods used in "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" and "To His Coy Mistress"

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Persuasion methods used in "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" and "To His Coy Mistress" To persuade can be defined as "to induce to undertake a course of action or embrace a point of view by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty". In this assignment, I am going to compare the ways in which Christopher Marlowe and Andrew Marvel persuade the woman in "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" and "To His Coy Mistress" to be their lovers. The poem "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" is a pastoral poem. It is a class of literature that presents the society of shepherds as free from the complexity and corruption of city life. Many of the idylls written in its name are far remote from the realities of any life, rustic or urban. The climax of poetic writing in this pastoral tradition provided a unique blend of freshness. Marlowe's poem, "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love", presents an overly optimistic view of love. He personifies the shepherd's love to both nature's beauty and bounty. From the title of the poem, "Love" suggests that the poet has a good feeling towards the woman. ...read more.


In the first stanza, we see the Marvel begins to make a move. He begins to tell her all these sweet lines about how he could spend eternity with her. "My vegetable Love should grow, Vaster than Empires, and more slow" In these lines the poet is trying to tell her how his love will grow like vegetable, more and more every time he sees her. He promises that he will love the woman until the end of time. He goes on to say that he would indeed love her "Till the conversion of the Jews", but the poet never directly says "forever". Instead, he uses phrases that conjure images of eternity: "ten years before the Flood"; "An age at least to every part". Marvel's descriptive use of imagery makes forever seem an overused word that does not fully encapsulate the time he would spend waiting for her. A few lines later he continues to talk about his everlasting love. He begins to divide his love up between her body parts. "An hundred years should go to praise, Thine Eyes, and on thy Forehead Gaze, Two hundred to adore each Breast: But thirty thousand to the rest." ...read more.


These lines wrap up the rest of the poem. In these lines, Marvel tells the woman that sun will be up soon, but they can make it if they go now. Throughout this poem, the poet loses his patience more and more, until eventually he is ready to go. His words go through a huge change. They start out by being very compassionate at the beginning of the poem to being very anxious at the end. The poem can be quite persuasive but would not be as affective as Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love". For the conclusion, I prefer the poem of "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" by Christopher Marlowe rather than "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvel. I enjoyed the peaceful mood in the poetry. It gives me the sense of relaxation. I think Christopher Marlowe in the poetry is a very romantic person, unlike Andrew Marvel. He is a dirty and negative man, who actually trying to persuade a woman to have sex with him rather than persuade her to have a happy life together. I think Marlowe has the right to dream of his ideal future, and I do believe his strong love for his lover would encourage him to achieve the goal. Syazana Ahmad Nordin 11 GD2 Poems (2003) ...read more.

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