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The two poems I have chosen for my English coursework are 'A Woman to Her Lover.' and 'To His Coy Mistress.'

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Saturday 16th August 2003 Compare And Contrast Two Poems From The GCSE ENGLISH POETRY COURSEWORK BOOKLET The two poems I have chosen for my English coursework are 'A Woman to Her Lover.' and 'To His Coy Mistress.' The poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' is about a woman telling her partner what will and what will not happen in their relationship. However, in the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' the writer, who in this case is a man, is telling the woman he loves what he wants and what he will do with her. These are: he will leave jewels in India for her while he sits at home and complains, he will love her from the beginning of time and he will never leave her for anything. ...read more.

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One possible explanation for this could be the time in which they were written as they were written at very different times. The poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' was written in the second half of the 19th Century, and the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' was written in the mid-16th Century therefore the writing styles were almost definitely different as there is a time period of approximately 215 years. This has resulted in the language and style being different. We can see this as the writers present their poems differently for example the poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' is very straightforward, no nonsense and direct whereas the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' is set out very differently as the writer takes his time and doesn't actually directly say what he wants. ...read more.

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Which is the complete opposite to the poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' because in that poem the writer is telling and not asking. There are also similarities to the poems. These are the fact that the poems have been written about a loved one or some one who is an object to the writers' affection. Additionally both writers appear to be talking about how they want their relationship with their loved one to be and how they don't want it to be. Also in both of the poems the writers appear to use old language. So, although the poems have a few similarities they have more differences. I believe this is a result of the time difference in which they were written and also because of the genders of the writers as they may have a stereotypical view of the opposite sex. Alex Falconer 11L ...read more.

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