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The three poems are "To his Coy Mistress", "Ozymandias" and "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time".

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G.C.S.E English and English Literature Coursework Poetry Assignment We have been set the task to compare the ways in which the poems I have studied deal with the passing of time. The three poems are "To his Coy Mistress", "Ozymandias" and "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time". All three of the poems clearly deal with the passing of time in different ways. "To his Coy Mistress" is about a man telling a woman that if he had all the time in the world, he would spend it with her. In the "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time" a man is trying to persuade a woman to make much of her youth with the time she is given. "Ozymandias" is about time in a different way by saying no tyranny can beat time like the statue in the poem. This poem is different to "To his Coy Mistress" and "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time". It's not about love or anything else to do with the other poems but the passing of time. ...read more.

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In the third and fourth lines he is saying that he wants to be close to her and make every decision with her. This gives an immense effect because of the use of alliteration and assonance. He visualized being dead and lying in a grave with worms everywhere. Their bodies "turn to dust" and "into ashes all my lust". He is in a sense warning her too return his mortal love or face having never loved before she dies and turns to dust. The talk of deserts and turning to ashes and dust implies a total lack of water. This is opposite to the first part of the poem that is awash with images of flowing water. Perhaps it is symbolic of his ever flowing love and a never-ending life that he dreams of, where time goes on forever. The dry imagery here seems to be denoting a sort of end. The knowledge that he is not immortal and his life will not go on forever. It serves to enhance the urgency of his love being requited. ...read more.

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By giving the individual the option to choose it makes the poem a lot lighter and spacious. I find Herrick's way of persuading the individual a lot more effective because when I am given the right to do something I feel a lot happier to do it then if I am forced like Marvell has done with the poem "To his Coy Mistress". Herrick is putting forward the point that time, mentioned also in the other three poems, is not on their side, ' Old Time is still flying,' ' The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,' again the sun is being used as a symbol of time. I think that the two poets used the sun as the symbol of time because the sun is so immensely powerful and no one can alter it. This was the time of the plague and the Great fire of London so life was very special, life expectancy was also very low at this time, so people were encouraged to make the most out of their lives. Herrick has used this effectively in this poem, he has made the reader aware of the fact that time is the enemy but he has not been too forceful. ...read more.

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