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To his Coy Mistress and The Flea - Andrew Marvell and John Donne were both metaphysical poets who did not write for money, but for pleasure.

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To his Coy Mistress and The Flea Andrew Marvell and John Donne were both metaphysical poets who did not write for money, but for pleasure. Also both poets are writing about a male speaker who is pressurising their mistress to succumb to their sexual desire. In these poems we also can find some humorous lines, which were intended. "Had we but enough, and time, This Coyness, Lady, were no crime," The speaker indicates in the first two lines to his mistress that if they had all the time in the world she could wait long as she wanted, but he is saying they don't have that much time. "Thou by the Ganges' side" In the first stanza of this poem the speaker is exaggerating his love for his sweetheart. He explains that his love spans over time and various lands. He also makes the situation they are in seem so unimportant. "Till the conversions of the Jews" Out of both poems only Marvell uses biblical references to lure his lady into sexual relations. This is quite amusing because the Bible shows sex out of marriage as immoral and he is using it to constitute their love. ...read more.


This is effective because she will feel that she is not fulfilled without this experience. "Thus though we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run." The rhyming couplet emphasizes that, as they cannot stop time they should seize the day and constitute their love for each other. The last line has a double on entendre, it firstly means they will make time come forward but also a phallic joke is made. Also The speaker is saying he is giving her a chance she may never come across again. He proves that the base of his love for her is plainly on her beauty but as her beauty fades so will his attraction towards her. In the poem "The Flea" John Donne uses a tiny insect and its blood sucking abilities to influence his sweet heart that sex out of moral guidance with him is not wrong. "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea, our two bloods mingled be;" This idiom illustrates as the flea combines the two bloods from the male speaker and his mistress this echoes the union of sex. The poet proposes in this phrase, the flea has done an innocent act, which mirrors the act of sex neither being immoral or crime. ...read more.


Clearly she wants to kill the flea in line 16 and the speaker describes this as killing a part of him. There is death mentioned in both poems in "The Flea" these following lines are used. "Cruel and sudden, hast thou since Purpled thy nail, in blood of innocence?" In the third stanza she has clearly murdered the flea, She has destroyed their marriage in blood and their sexual union will not commence as their love is now gone. Andrew Marvell is not as cautious with death compared to John Donne; he gives us a horrible image that his mistress will lose her virginity to something not human. "My echoing song; then worms will try That long preserved virginity," The speaker proposes that virginity is a waste of youth and once you have lost your attractiveness no one will want to have her virginity. In the last three lines of this argument the sweetheart of the speaker falls into his trap of words because his response was that she will not lose any more of her honour by succumbing to his sexual desires, in the same way that she has not lost her life by killing the flea. "Tis true, then learn how false, fears be; Just so much honour, when thou yield'st to me, Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee." ...read more.

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