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Examine the attitude to love as portrayed in the poem "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell and "Sonnet" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The poem "To His Coy Mistress" which was Andrew Marvell was written in the seventeenth century from a man point of view. "Sonnet" was written in the nineteenth century from a woman's point of view, Both poems are considered as love poems. The similarities of the two poems are that they both praise their lover and both talk about time passing by also both poems use images and language which refers to death for example in "To His Coy Mistress" the man says "My echoing song: then worms shall try tat long preserved virginity". I think this will really frighten her because I don't think any body would want to think about that happening to them. ...read more.


I would say if this would not flatter the lady then I don't know what will. In the second section he tries to scare her because the persuasion did not work for some reason. The man describes how all his lust will turn to ashes and he also talks about her virginity being taken away by worms which I think would not sound nice to any woman. In the final section he talks about sex and let us rolls our love into a ball of sweetness before time runs out. From my point of view I think the methods of seduction were good and would work on most women. "Sonnet" was written into one short stanza and a total of fourteen lines; Elizabeth Barrette Browning was married and was selflessly explaining how much she loves her husband and will even more after death. ...read more.


Both poems use metaphors and similes in "To His Coy Mistress" for example "my vegetable love should grow vaster then empires but more slow" and "deserts of vast of vast eternity" and similes such as "NOW, therefore, while the youthful hue sits on thy skin like morning dew", and then "now let us sport us while we may, and now like amorous birds of pray". These images make the poem very and effective. "Sonnet" only has two similes which are as "I love thee freely, as men strive for right"; also "I love thee purely as they turn from praise". The poem that I prefer is "To His Coy Mistress" because Andrew Marvell uses methods of seduction in order to sleep with her, for example, he praises her beauty and talks about if there was enough time he would spend it watching her and pay attention to her. ...read more.

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