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Compare and Contrast "To His Coy Mistress" By Andrew Marvell With "To His Mistress Going To Bed" By John Donne. "To His Coy Mistress" and " To His Mistress Going to bed" are two poems that feature "carpe diem"; they are also written by two of the most well known metaphysical poets. Andrew Marvell, the author of "To His Coy Mistress" and John Donne, the writer of "To His Mistress Going To Bed". Both poems were written through the 16th and 17th Century, where love and sex were describe as two different things. 16th and 17th century attitudes to love and relationship were much stricter than in the 21st Century, as wealthy men who wished to court a woman, would need to use the convention of writing a letter or a poem to try and win her over. This is precisely what these poems are about. Each man is trying to bed women, using their poetry. Their poems are more about sex, rather than love or romance. Using their metaphysical ways, they used their sexual images and witty conceits, to try and seduce the woman in question. ...read more.


" A hundred years should go to praise thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze." taken from Marvell's poem. "How blest am I in this discovering thee! To enter in these bonds, is to be free". I think that the fact that Donne's is more believable, it makes the woman feel moved loved and appreciates. Each poem has imagery, which sets a romantic setting to their poems. Marvell talks about the Indian Ganges, "Thou by the Indian Ganges", he uses this to get her into the mood of having sex with him. Donne uses it when the woman is releasing her gown, "Your gown going off, such beauteous state reveals, as when from flowry meads th'hills shadowe steals". Both refer to sexual imagery, talking about their erections that their women give them. Donne speaks of his as an enemy, "The foe oft-times having the foe in sight, is tir'd with standing though he never fight" meaning, he hates what she does to him though he would never fight to stop it. Marvell uses a metaphor to explain his. "My vegetable love grow", refers to his erection as a vegetable growing. ...read more.


Donne is more sincere and passionate to his woman that Marvell, by using his believable exaggeration. " How blest am I in this discovering thee!" Whereas Marvell is more cocky and witty. "Now let us sport is while we may: and now, like amorous birds of prey". He is talking about sex, and how he wishes to have it with the woman. The each use a different beat, Marvell's poem suit's a simple octosyllasic couplet. It is centring the poem on time. Donne's poem is an iambic pentameter. This gives it a slow pace, as if it is savouring the moment. In conclusion, after reading both poems, I discovered that I enjoyed reading Donne's poem more than Marvell's. I found both poems an interesting read, because over 500 years, love has changed. You would not find a man living in the 21st Century, writing poetry and letters to a woman, he wishes to bed. I think that this was a very romantic way of doing this. The reason why I enjoyed Donne's poem is because it was sincere and passionate. Marvell's being cool, witty and somewhat threatening. Both poets live up to their metaphysical ways on these poems, with their imagery, similes, metaphors, alliteration, repetition and sexually explicit words. Danielle Yeates 10BN ...read more.

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