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'To his coy mistress' and 'Come. And be my baby' are both love poems. Which do you consider to be more effective in conveying its message and why?

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`To his coy mistress` and `Come. And be my baby` are both love poems. Which do you consider to be more effective in conveying its message and why? `To his coy mistress` by Andrew Marvell and `Come. And be my baby` by Maya Angelous are two enchanting love based poems. Both poems are written in a persuasive style and try to uphold an argument. Nether are "romantic," which is what people normally relate to love. In this essay we will be looking at how each of the poems portrays love, and what device's it uses conveys its message and influences the reader. This essay will be contrasting both poems and stating which conveys its message best and how. In the poem, `To his coy mistress` we hear the voice of the mistresses lover, or wishful lover. It is written in 1st person narrative, which in turn makes the poem more personal, so the poet, Andrew Marvell, is able to create deeper emotions related to love, conveying its message better. As a reader we may also feel slight empathy with the lover which enables us to relate our ideas of love with the speaker. `Come. And be my baby` uses the same narrative method as `To my coy mistress,` sharing most effects this method of narration has. ...read more.

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Prophets which are normally associated with religious and holy times are now associated with death and destruction. In the next line, Maya makes a negative image of "blooming horror." An oxymoron contrasting a loving word with horror. She then repeats the end of the last stanza, "you sit wondering what you're gonna do. I got it. Come and be my baby." The fact that these lines are repeated suggests that Maya wanted them to stand out, these lines contrast the rest of the poem and adds a twist to the poem. Each stanza starts negative then ends positive. The negative parts portray the reality, the world is in the course of self destruction and people are struggling with life. The positive lines of the poem give an alternative to this way of life, a solution, as this is positive it makes these important lines more emphasised and the constant contrasting makes the poem more interesting as a whole. The poem is persuasive due to the use of words such as "you," which makes it more personal and cages in the reader to the poem. Demanding words are used, "Come." "I Got it." And "be my" also make it more persuasive. 'To his coy mistress' is a carpe diem poem, meaning, seize the day, also, its in conventional form, it has a thesis stating that ...read more.

Conclusion

It continues on "and now, like amorous birds of prey," this gives an image of vicious love, not so much romantic in contrast to the thesis of the poem. Marvell uses more abrupt diction with "and tear our pleasures with rough strife." The very last lines of the poem are powerful in creating a heroic and passionate image, "though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run." The language used in `To his coy mistress` is quite sophisticated. He uses alliteration to make his words stand out "long loves day," this makes the poem flow more freely and smooth, therefore makes the words sound more delicate and soft. Marvell's use of rhyming makes the poem run smooth and seems to emphasise his gentle whispering to exciting voice as he progresses into the poem. The language used is persuasive, seductive, determined, flattering and extremely powerful to the reader. In "Come. And be my baby." The language used is demanding, "Come." There is no regular rhyming scheme in place. The last four lines of the 1st stanza are repeated again in the next stanza. The poem is split into 2 stanzas, with 9 and 8 lines. The text is demanding and persuasive, but not romantic. It's a more modern language implemented. ...read more.

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