Compare and contrast Two poems - To his coy mistress - The rising Sun.

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GCSE English Course Work – Compare and contrast Two poems.

To his coy mistress

To His Coy Mistress’ is also about an existing relationship, but this poem is designed to persuade his mistress to sleep with him.

To His Coy Mistress" follows a classical argument form of persuasion. He begins by outlining how things would be if everything were perfect, then moves on to pointing out the stark reality of the situation before drawing a logical conclusion to persuade her over to his point of view. He uses a classical structure of rhyming couplets to match his classical style of argument.

Marvell doesn’t use repetition, but he does use an escalation in quantity to exaggerate his point in the first verse where he is outlining how long he would adore each part of her body if he had all the time in the world. Marvell uses techniques such as flattery to persuade

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The title of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ emphasised the shyness and modesty that the woman the poet loves shows. Coyness was considered to be a virtue, and like many other poems of the time, the title would appear to indicate that the poet is writing to praise something he admires in his lady. However, this is not the case, as he writes about part of her personality that frustrates him and he wishes to change.

The first two lines do sum up the poem very well. It basically means that if they had all the time in the world to ...

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