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This essay is a comparison between the following three love poems, 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell, 'I wanna be yours' by John Cooper Clarke and 'Our Love Now' by Martyn Lowery.

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Introduction

Literature Coursework Poetry Analysis & Comparison This essay is a comparison between the following three love poems, 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell, 'I wanna be yours' by John Cooper Clarke and 'Our Love Now' by Martyn Lowery. All three of them are 'love poems' but not in the traditional sense. They are all concerned with a man attempting to persuade a woman. The first two poems, 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'I wanna be yours' do not show the woman's side of the story or her opinion. The last poem 'Our Love Now' is of a different style as the woman completely expresses her feelings. I will go through each poem individually assessing its language, structure, imagery, tone and attitude. Then I will compare the three in a conclusion at the end. The title of 'To His Coy Mistress' tells us that Andrew Marvell is writing the poem to give it to his shy mistress; to tell her how he feels about her. He seduces his mistress by trying to persuade her to make love. 'Let us sport while we may' The language contains many metaphors and similes, for example: Death - is 'vast deserts of eternity' (immeasurable years of nothing). ...read more.

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They all begin with 'let me be' and end with 'I wanna be yours'. It has a regular rhyme scheme and rhythm. There is a definite rhyme scheme in this poem. Stanzas 1 and 2 have a strict rhyming pattern of 'ABABCCCD'. Stanza 3 differs and has a pattern of 'ABABCDCECECC', and the final two lines do not rhyme. When John Cooper Clarke wrote 'I wanna be yours' he decided to add lots of imagery and symbolism which has a surprising effect on love poems. He used modern everyday items such as coffee pot, heater, raincoat and teddy bear to symbolise things like warmth, protection and comfort. The first stanza immediately starts the list of useful things the speaker wants to be to the girl. The bizarre idea of the vacuum cleaner is the first thing we read. 'let me be your vacuum cleaner breathing in your dust' Then the speaker presents us with the image of the 'Ford Cortina', which was a popular car in the 1970s, and was known to be solid and reliable, certainly a car that would not rust. 'let me be your Ford Cortina I will never rust' Then the poet indicates that he is prepared to give the girl control over their lives in line 7. ...read more.

Conclusion

I concluded that out of all three poems my favourite is 'I wanna be yours' because I believe it has the modernist language and I liked phrases such as 'let me be your Ford Cortina, I will never rust' This is my favourite line because he is expressing how his charm will never rust. I also like the tune of this poem. My least favourite poem is 'To His Coy Mistress' because the language is very old and confusing and the man seems too desperate like it's the end of the world or something. With 'To His Coy Mistress' I think the woman would give into his argument because it is very convincing and powerful, he also sounds very aggressive. However, in 'I wanna be yours' I think the woman may disagree with his argument because the poem states that he is with another woman whom he wishes to leave to be with her. 'I don't wanna be hers, I wanna be yours' Language wise, they all contain imagery and rhyming structure but only 'Our Love Now' contains the woman's point of view. I think they all did a good job at trying to persuade a woman but Andrew Marvell probably did the best job because of his powerful manipulation of language. Damian Gaskin ________________ DamiG(r) 2003 Page 1 of 6 ...read more.

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