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Two of thepoems in 'Best Words' are 'seduction poems', rather than love poems. These are'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Donne. Comparethese two poems by analysing: -

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Two of the poems in 'Best Words' are 'seduction poems', rather than love poems. These are 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Donne. Compare these two poems by analysing: - * Each poets intention * Form of the poem * Language used in the poem * Your reaction to the unromantic poems. 'Let me not to the marriage of true minders/Admit impediments, love is not love', is one of many famous love sonnets written by William Shakespeare. He had examined different parts of love and descried to explain them in a sonnet; where as other poets have written poems with different forms and structure on their points of views about relationships and seduction. In my essay I intend to compare the similarities and differences in two different poems. They are, 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell which is about time and 'The Flea' by John Donne, to answer, 'Are these poems really dominant with seduction?' Firstly one similarity between Marvell's 'To his coy mistress' and Donne's 'The Flea' is how they both have the same intention of seducing their mistress. This is shown by 'oh stay, thee lives in one flea spare' and 'and now, like amorous birds of prey. It is evident that love is not a key feature of the poet's relationship. It's more like a balancing act of power between them. However their mistress refuses to succumb to their master's advantages, which lets the women be in control. ...read more.


I think this is because she believes that as the flea has bitten them, it hasn't actually done anything to bring them together, let a lone married them. This is because for a flea to stay alive it needs blood, and it's just coincidence that it's bitten them instead of anybody as. A further similarity between the two seduction poems is the use of the poet's language. Both poems use frequent use of imagery particularly with Metaphors. In 'The flea' by Donne, the poem itself has a metaphor and that is the flea. As for Marvell's verse he saw 'yonder all before us lie/ Desert of vast eternity.' There the author is describing that there is a desert. This means that the poem is about time and the life they have together. It's like one of those hourglasses with falling sand and time in one. Both poets therefore use imargey to bring their points forward in the poems. A difference in the language used is the Biblical references that Marvell uses in 'To his coy mistress'. With the use of the biblical references it has brought a meaning to the verse. This is shown by, 'Love you ten years before the flood.' This is showing that Marvell might be religious and has referred to Noah's Ark because he tries to tell his mistress that he is intelligence and he is worldliness so he can win her over. But in Donne's 'The flea' he uses religious words to describe his love. ...read more.


poems an argument, not like 'Porphyiar's Lover' by Browning and Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 18', which are two different examples of the poets views on relationships. But my reaction too both are different in the two poems. As you can see, the poets both have the same intentions, but use there own ways to seduce their mistress back in patriarchal society. Now a day's relationships are a two way thing. This means the two people can make up their own minds, not just the men. So in all it's equally balanced in a relationship. To conclude, I believe that Marvell and Donne had generally similar ideas, on how to bed their mistress. This is shown by sharing the same, aim of the poem, through their very own mistress. The similarities can be seen by the structure and language that are also. However if that was me in that position, I would tried to out wit Donne, by showing how his intellectual powers, wouldn't out mind me; because I would try and impersonate what the poet was trying to do, so that the poet's intentions wouldn't of happened, as I would make sure I was in control of the relationship. Now I will let you think of something and that is...What would you have done back in the 17th century? And what do you think of the poet's back then now in the 21st century? I'll leave that to you to think about that and how women were treated for the use of sex and not treated for their personality within that time period. Nicola Bryant 11K ...read more.

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