• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'To His Coy Mistress' - Andrew Marvell, 'The Flea' - Richard Donne. Which of the two poets is more likely to succeed in the seduction of the two women?

Extracts from this document...


'To His Coy Mistress' - Andrew Marvell 'The Flea' - Richard Donne Which of the two poets is more likely to succeed in the seduction of the two women? At first glance it seemed to me obvious that Marvell would unquestionably be more successful in seducing the woman. Marvell because he shows more emotion and sincerity (baring the second stanza) towards the woman who he is talking to, however after considering Donne's unorthodox approach I was into rethinking my decision. I do believe however that both men are not as genuine as they look in their attempts to show their 'love' for the women. Donne starts off well in his poem well the tone is bright humorous and intimate. He praises the girl and says that if they had all the time in the world then he wouldn't mind waiting until she loved him. ('Had we but world enough and time, This Coyness lady would be no crime'). This to me is a good way to start, he Marvell keeps the tone light ant affectionate and emotional ('For, Lady you deserve this state, and nor would I love at lower rate.') ...read more.


He states that they cannot stop themselves from dying but they can make the most of their lives and make the sun which sets on their life run. ('Thus we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run.') This proposition may have been irrefutable had it not been for the second stanza. 'To his coy mistress is undoubtedly Marvell's most popular poem today. It is similar in some ways to some of John Donne's love poems. It is however rather more than jus a seduction poem. The first stanza of "The Flea" differs from 'To His Coy Mistress' although both poets have the same aims. Donne's argument seems rather pathetic and unorthodox. He talks of a flea that has bitten him and the woman who he is talking to. He then argues that because both of there blood is mixed inside this flea that they are practically married ('Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare, Where we almost, yea more than married'). The woman who he is talking to seems to find this argument petty but when she goes to squash this seemingly insignificant creature Donne bombards her with even more ridiculous, but yet hypnotically interestingly arguments to keep her interested. ...read more.


Both poets make very strong arguments and use there intelligence and understanding with great affect however, in my opinion Donne's argument is not as solid as Marvell & leaves himself open to rejection. Marvell was more complimentary of the woman and seemed more seducing as his poem was more of a traditional romance poem. Both use very different angles to create their own interpretations of a love poem and win over the girl. However their real purpose I believe is somewhat different than what it seems. Whilst reading the two poems it became apparent to me that both men do not truly actually love the woman they are talking to however they wish only to lead them into bed. There is evidence of this within 'To his Coy Mistress' as he spends most of the first stanza talking of her physical beauties without a mention of her personality. This 'act' however seems to fool the two women. The two poems are great to read and in a way show what men and women think of each other the extent people go through to find love and the need for love within human life. Written any differently and the poems would not have had the same affect on millions of readers. ????????????????????? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Andrew Marvell section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Andrew Marvell essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Which of 'The Sun Rising' by John Donne and 'To His Coy Mistress' by ...

    Marvell infers that life is too short and you should act now while you are young and passionate. The middle section consists of lines 21-33 and this is called the antithesis. Beforehand, the author said what he would do if he had time but now Marvell tells us that time is moving rapidly.

  2. Compare and Contrast 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To His Mistress ...

    Although literally it's telling her to throw off the cover, metaphorically he's telling her to cast aside her purity. However from other sources we know that women who weren't virgins were over looked for marriage. Once again I suggest that these men were hypocrites.

  1. The Metaphysical Poets: John Donne and Andrew Marvell.

    I think he realised that if they were to make love then that could ruin it for the two of them. He realises that he would rather have her as his dame than just a 'toy', if you will. Some of the techniques that Marvell has used include: Enjambment, personification, imagery and rhyme scheme.

  2. Examine the ways in which the poets in “The Flea” and “To His Coy ...

    So this line is clearly an exaggeration, as they are not sheltered within the flea, and the flea is not really like jet, but just black. This exaggeration builds up the meaning of the flea, preparing us for what is to come.

  1. Compare the presentation of seduction in the poems 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew ...

    It is a subtle reminder to his mistress that they are still mortal but not for long, therefore urging her to seize the day.

  2. The two poems which I am comparing are by Andrew Marvell and John Donne ...

    I think that it's quite clear that Donne is aware of his foolishness. But his eloquent lines are purely for the benefit of his love. She silently receives his words as the sun silently rebuts them; as the Sun cannot be stopped the arrogant lover pretends to grant the Sun

  1. 'The Seduction' Eileen McAuley'To His Coy Mistress' Andrew Marvell Eileen McAuley's 'The ...

    'My vegetable love should grow vaster that empires, and more slow'. He compares his love to things that develop slowly. Marvell uses lines like this to create a slower pace of time. The male speaker in 'To His Coy Mistress' uses flattery and imagery to perform his seduction whereas the boy in 'The Seduction' performs his seduction effortless.

  2. Compare and Contrast 'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell with 'To his Mistress ...

    rhyming couplets almost all the way through as Donne's 'To his mistress going to bed' leaves the last two lines without any rhyming pattern.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work