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'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell is a seventeenth century poem, whilst Martyn Lowery's 'Our Love Now' is a contemporary poem.

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Introduction

'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell is a seventeenth century poem, whilst Martyn Lowery's 'Our Love Now' is a contemporary poem. Both poets seek to allure the opposing party, using the art of persuasion. Although, contrasting the time gap in which these poems were written they both hold similarities despite differing in historical context and style. However, an eloquent point to note is that Lowery has given the woman a voice, whereas unlike Marvell, only the man is voiced leaving the reader to interpret the woman's response to the poem. 'To His Coy Mistress' is a poem in which a man tries to persuade a woman to sleep with him. To the reader, his persuasive methods seem a blatant way to harass the woman into something she obviously does not want to do: "My echoing song: then worms will try That long preserved virginity" This is in relation to the transience of youth and mortality. ...read more.

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The woman is made to retort to his analogous metaphor. She has to counter his arguments in this way throughout the poem instead of being allowed to use her own words: "She said, Although the wound heals, And appears to be cured, it is not the same, There is always a scar, A permanent reminder" This shows her admittance that the wound heals and appears cured. But the admission is introduced through 'although' which to the audience introduces a dwelling condition on the healing; while the man sees the skin as whole, she sees a scar, as does the reader. This imbeds the idea of the man not accepting their relationship as terminal, as like 'To His Coy Mistress'. Marvell's use of a syllogistic argument demonstrates his confidence within his own argument. The poet has introduced the philosophy of 'carpe diem', a Latin word meaning seize the day. In such a poem, the speaker expresses his sadness at the thought of swiftly passing time and the brevity of life. Marvell's syllogistic argument is proposed in three sections. ...read more.

Conclusion

Supposing they had all the time in the world on their hands, the speaker imagines: "Thou by the Indian Ganges side, Should'st rubies find: I by the tide" This is suggesting that his lady could even walk by the River Ganges, where she could amuse herself finding rubies. However, there is a more cynical overtone to this. It was imagined in the seventeenth century that rubies could assist in preserving virginity. Moreover, if she did choose to remain a virgin, the speaker would have to sit by the river Humber, dwelling on unrequited love. Therefore, he gives himself a fairly unromantic setting and allows his lady an exotic, beautiful one, which is meant to be a persuasive compliment. Another aspect which defines his unrequited love is the mention of the seventeenth century perspective and having to wait until 'the conversion of the Jews'. It was believed that the conversion of the Jews to Christianity would occur just before the end of the world. Marvell implies that that his mistress could refuse him for all of time, without damaging his love for her. These biblical references perceive the time again in which this poem was written. ...read more.

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