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Compare and contrast To His Coy Mistress(TM) and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love(TM)

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Introduction

Compare and contrast 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' Both of these poems explore the theme of love between a man and a woman. The desired outcome is the same, but the poets attempt to seduce their lovers in different ways. Andrew Marvell wrote 'To his coy mistress' a cleverly written poem based on the phrase 'carpe diem' or 'seize the day'. It was an attempt to make a woman sleep with him. Christopher Marlowe wrote the poem 'The passionate Shepherd to His Love'. This is a romantic poem about a man never wanting to be apart from him love and always wanting her to have the best. He pleads for the woman's love by offering his eternal commitment and a beautiful life. He repeats "live with me and be my love" throughout the poem to show he wants to be with her forever, he also says "and I will make the beds of roses" which exaggerates the natural beauty he is telling her she will have in the countryside, when she lives with him. The two poems use very different arguments to persuade the women to do similar things. The two arguments are close to being completely the opposite even though they are trying to achieve similar things. The period in which each poem was written has a very definite influence on the style, the persuasive language, imagery and vocabulary. ...read more.

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I think that this is a very powerful tone, and the mood The thesis in Marvell's' poem is that time will run out and it will be too late for her to lose her virginity. He suggests resolving this, they should sleep together as soon as possible. "And yonder all before us lie deserts of vast eternity, thy beauty shall no more be found" this quote is saying that she will not be beautiful forever and he wants to sleep with her before she is unattractive. In Marlowe's poem there isn't a thesis because even though he is urging her in the same way as in the other poem. He isn't expressing any problems to spoil the perfect life he is portraying. I think the viewpoint from both of the poems is as if the poet is speaking the poem as appose to righting is as someone else looking in on what the men are saying to the women. The men generally use different techniques to persuade the women to sleep with them. However there are some similarities, like the fact that they both paint a very pretty picture in your mind. In Marlowe's poem "And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, by shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals". And in Marvell's "Thou by the Indian Ganges' side Shouldst rubies find". ...read more.

Conclusion

'To His Coy Mistress' uses much more figurative language in comparison to 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' which doesn't any similes or metaphors. 'To His Coy Mistress' similes; 'sits on skin like morning dew' - paints a very pretty picture in ones mind. 'Like am'rous birds of prey' - this creates the effect that the man is very desperate in persuading her and it is also a very strong thing to say, much like his movites. 'We cannot make out sun stand still, yet we will make him run' here the speaker is saying that he can't stop time from passing, but life is short, pleasure should be enjoyed while there is still time.he also implies a warning to prepare for death. In conclusion I think that the most persuasive poem is 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' because he makes the woman feel special and he doesn't mention her losing her virginity or the idea that time is running out. Instead he implies that time is no object when you are in love with someone as beautiful as her. These poems have had a very defiant effect on me, this being that I started to look into the attitudes to love now and I thought about how and why they have changed over time. Also it immediately made me put myself in the receiving end of the poem and thought about how I would react to them individually. Words - 1441 ...read more.

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