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The Majority or poetry is written about love, relationships and lust and this is simply because it's such an important factor of life.

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The Majority or poetry is written about love, relationships and lust and this is simply because it's such an important factor of life. Attitudes towards love, relationships and lust have changed dramatically over the last few centuries in a way that men aren't always the "controllers" when this would have been the case at the times these poems were written. Love, relationships and lust when featured in a poem can be expressed in very different ways but mostly in these poems there is a man pursuing or expressing his love to a woman, with the exception of Sonnet CXXX where Shakespeare is believed to have directed it towards other poets. The three poems I'm studying 'To His Coy Mistress', 'The Sick Rose' and Sonnet CXXX all have the writer expressing his feeling/experiences. In all of these poems we can look at them from several different angles and may have to read through them a few times and work out several meanings to fully understand them. 'To His Coy Mistress' shows that if a man has his mind set on something, he can be very persistent in pursuing it, especially when it comes to women. This poem shows how men are manipulative when doing this. The coy(shy) mistress is resisting him as they would usually do at the time it was used as a sign of incentive if the woman did this, but the man wouldn't know if this was the case or if she just didn't really like him. ...read more.


Some would presume that this sonnet was addressed to his "lover" but this would seem a bit strange as it isn't admiring her in a way that her beauty is exaggerated, so she might not have been too impressed with this sonnet. Otherwise this poem would have been addressed to other poets who largely exaggerated the beauty of their "lovers " to please them. Shakespeare is showing that his lover is not perfect but he still loves her and that is the most important thing to both of them. In this Sonnet Shakespeare proves the brilliance of his writing by describing his lover bleakly and getting away with it which makes him such an admired writer. In love poems skin and breasts would often be described as pure white which would show that the women had perfect skin, however Shakespeare describes her skin and breasts as 'dun' which is a brownish colour. "If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun.", this bring the reader to reality as this is often the colour of people's skin in that era. Shakespeare uses such metaphors as "If hair be wires, black wires grow on her head," this also gives us a sense of imagery and we can start to imagine what the mistress would look like. A brilliant quote was made on this poem by Anthony Burgess: Shakespeare "looks at his mistress with eyes clearer than is proper for a lover....(He) ...read more.


Marvell gives off a sense of reverse psychology in his poem with his gruesome touches such as the example where he describes how the worms would take her long preserved virginity so it is more likely to bring the mistress closer to Marvell, while Sonnet CXXX you would expect the mistress to be upset with Shakespeare after writing it and they might drift apart. 'To His Coy Mistress' have basic structures while they both have rhyming couplets Marvell's'' poem is meant to be read at speed so the reader gets the sense of the poem, but Sonnet CXXX is meant to be read at a slow and relaxed speed as it has an iambic pentameter. All three poems have shown their themes of lust, lust and relationships and have at least one of them featured in the poem. These poems can teach us a lot about love, lust and relationships and how they aren't always so popular among certain people, but when they do work out people can be exhilarated and joyful. They also show us that in the time that these poems where written people had different views on love, lust and relationships than we do today and have to respect that they might have had different opinions on them. These poems might not have always been respected at the era they were written, but today the brilliance of writing in these poems have earned them the respect they deserve. Alex Szumski ...read more.

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