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Essays on To His Coy Mistress

Unit 4 literary heritage pre 1914 poetry
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I have been assigned a coursework to compare and contrast three poems which are 'The Ruined Maid', To His Coy Mistress' and 'Remember' all these poems have got points and I am going to make similarities and dissimilarities about the poems in comparison to each other. Most poems have aspects of a pace, a point, a structure and also different types of language, all of the above poems have these and express them well. Then again all the above have…...
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“To His Coy Mistress” vs “Our Love Now”
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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. 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…...
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 Response to ‘His Coy Mistress’
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Dear Mr Marvell, I am writing in response to the poem you sent me. I have to say it is quite flattering for the majority of the poem but I did find certain areas quite intimidating and would make me wonder if I would want to be with you. I can see that you feel very passionately about me and the words you use make me wonder if we were meant to be together but it is too forward, as…...
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Marvell & Herrick’s Use of Carpe Diem
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The powerful Latin phrase "Carpe Diem" is interpreted into English as "to seize the day." When I hear this phrase, especially in the context of literature, I imagine a narrative written in order to explain a theory or moral. "To seize the day" is a powerful expression that applies to us all in a certain aspect of life. Making the most out of life is a predominant goal to most of us. However, themes of "Carpe Diem" were especially predominant…...
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Look closely at “The Passionate Shepherd to his love” By Christopher Marlowe and “To his coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
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The Passionate Shepherd to his love by Christopher Marlowe is a plea to his love, for her to move to the countryside to live with him. He idealises life in the country and makes it sound romantic and perfect. He ignores all the bad points and really exaggerates the good and what he is going to do for her when she arrives. "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell is also a persuasive poem from a man to a woman,…...
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John Donne’s “The Sunne Rising” and “The Flea” and “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
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Metaphysical poetry necessitates the understanding of mankind but concentrates on topics such as romantic love, sexual love, faith, loyalty and religion. The poems are very short and have a formal tone, metaphysical poems are characterised by arguments and theories yet to be proved. It was written between 1572 and 1695, these were chaotic time as there were lost of changes taking place. For instance in 1577 there was the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The "Gunpowder Plot", dissolution of parliament,…...
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“Ode on a Grecian Urn” by Jonathan Keats and “To His Coy Mistress” by Marvell
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In the poems "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by Jonathan Keats and "To His Coy Mistress" by Marvell the notion of time is very significant. In "To His Coy Mistress" Marvell discusses a control over time, and this control over time is for the most part a theoretical and imaginative concept that was conjured by the writer. Marvel is also fascinated by the control over what truly exists. In "Ode on a Grecian Urn" Keats is portraying the control of…...
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“Holy Sonnet”, “To His Coy Mistress”, and “Sonnet 71”
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We have recently studied 3 poems " TO HIS COY MISTRES " by Andrew Marvell in which he is trying to persuade his mistress to sleep with him using the imagery of love sex and death. The second of the three is HOLY SONNET written by John Donre a priest who is challenging death. The third and final is SONNET 71 written by William Shakespeare who is writing to his lover telling her to no longer mourn for him when…...
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Explore and compare the ways in which the poets present the relationships
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Explore and compare the ways in which the poets present the relationships between men and women in 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell, 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti and 'The Beggar Women' by William King. Consider the social and cultural contexts in which the poems are set. For most pre-twentieth century writers, love and marriage provide ways to talk about relationships between men and women. Marvell, Rossetti and King, however, ignore marriage in favour of sex, and love, in…...
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Explore how Browning and Marvell present the theme of Obsession in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ 
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Robert Browning and Andrew Marvell both use the idea of obsession as the basis for their poems but although there are similarities in the personae's obsessions, each seems obsessed in a different way. I understand the word 'obsession' to mean when a person's thoughts are completely dominated by something or someone. This is definitely what we see in these poems and each author subtly portrays their own ideas on obsession very effectively. The obsessed personae in the two poems are…...
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Poems To His Coy Mistress and The Flea
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Andrew Marvell and John Donne were both metaphysical poets who did not write for money, but for pleasure. Also both poets are writing about a male speaker who is pressurising their mistress to succumb to their sexual desire. In these poems we also can find some humorous lines, which were intended. "Had we but enough, and time, This Coyness, Lady, were no crime," The speaker indicates in the first two lines to his mistress that if they had all the…...
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Metaphysical poems by Andrew Marvell and John Dunne
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In this essay I am going to compare two metaphysical poems; 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Dunne. Andrew Marvell and John Dunne are both called metaphysical poem writers. Andrew Marvell is known to be one of the greatest metaphysical poets, and John Dunne is known to be the father of metaphysical poetry. Metaphysical strictly means a type of philosophy. However, the word is used for this group of poets and was originally used…...
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A comparison of ‘Easy’ by Andrew Fusek Peters with Andrew Marvell’s ‘To his Coy Mistress’
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After reading the two poems in detail and after doing group analysis the following points were brought up for a further evaluation. These were: theme, ideas, language, imagery and personal opinion. Both poems deal with seduction and relationships but vary of how it is done. In the poem 'Easy', SEX seemed to be the biggest issue. The relationship here was more of a 'one time fling' or a 'one night stand' type of relationship where the characters only pursue love…...
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A Comparison of ‘The Beggar Woman’ (William King) and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ (Andrew Marvell)
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It is a three pronged argument and relays the story of an older woman to have sex with him, and is reminding her that life is short and you're a long time dead, so you should enjoy life while you can. However the woman is silent in the poem and doesn't speak. The older woman is a complimentary, passionate and persuasive character who comes across as upfront and overpowering. He his of high status and well, educated shown by the…...
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Andrew Marvell’s and Lady Wortley Montagu’s Poems
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The poet of 'To His Coy Mistress', Andrew Marvell, was born in Hull in 1621, he was a metaphysical poet in seventeenth century England. Both he and Lady Wortley Montagu (born 1689), the poet of 'Answer To A Love Letter', were involved in English learned high society and in these works wrote their opinions and view on love and the role of women in love. 'To His Coy Mistress' begins by using gentle persuasion and eloquent language to try and…...
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Poems To His Coy Mistress and Valentine
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Andrew Marvell's 'To his coy mistress' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine' are similar as they both are based on the themes of love and romance, at the same time the poems are very different because 'Valentine' is based on the emotional aspects of love and 'To his coy mistress' is based on the physical aspects of love. 'To his coy mistress' describes that with time, love will gradually disappear until it has all gone, but, 'Valentine' describes that love will…...
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Comparing Poems Message and To His Coy Mistress 
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Message by Wendy Cope It is about a woman who is waiting for a man to ring her. She is getting very anxious. She gives the impression she hasn't had much luck with men in her life and wants to meet someone special before it's too late. She wants the man to ring her up because she thinks it will be hard to find anyone else like him "Good, old-fashioned men like you are rare". She thinks she has found…...
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Comparing and Contrasting 17th Century Love Poems
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Taken at face value these three poems appear to be similar, but a closer look at the tone, structure, themes and language shows that they are all, in fact, quite different. Having said this there are still a number of similarities that link all three pieces together. To begin with they are all roughly contemporaneous and this is reflected to some degree in the style of the poems. All three poems concern love or lust of some shape or form,…...
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Compare The Treatment Of The Themes Of Love And Time In The poems To His Coy Mistress And Sonnet 18
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When reading the two poems I found that To His Coy Mistress and Sonnet 18 are both very well structured. The authors Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare show their views very well. The points they showed were love, life and death. The author of 'To His Coy Mistress' Andrew Marvell shows and uses a persuasive argument. A persuasive quote such as 'let us sport us wile we may' means let us do it while we have the opportunity. Shakespeare however…...
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Compare and contrast: “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and “To his coy mistress” by Andrew Marvell
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In this essay I will be compare and contrasting "How do I love?" and "To His Coy Mistress". I will be discussing how the two poems are similar and different in this way of their treatment towards the one they love. To his coy mistress is a poem which shows a lot of reasons and explanation for this love consider why the poem is very long. But the poem is also very sexually orientated, this man who is confessing his…...
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Compare and contrast John Donne’s ‘The Flea’ and Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’; Deciding which you feel is the most seductive
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Andrew Marvell and John Donne were two prominent members of the metaphysical movement and they wrote the poems "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Flea" respectively. The two poems are based on the idea of seduction and both express their different views making the poems contrasting to one another. John Donne's and Andrew Marvell's poems both use their metaphysical views to mock the concept of courtly love. Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" describes the poet's impatient desire for furthering his…...
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Compare and contrast Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” with John Donne’s “The Sunne Rising”
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Both poems "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" were written by metaphysical poets, this is one of many similarities in the poem. However, there are also a number of differences between them. In both poems, there is an obvious link to the theme of "Carpe Diem" which simply means "seize the day". The poems relate to time and that of how it's running out. They seem to be in a rush. The content of the poem is Marvell…...
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Choose 3 poems that use the subject of time and explain how and why
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Three poems that are somehow associated with time are: 'Porphyria's Lover', 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Amen'. These poems all explain and explore time in different ways, time passing, time standing still and so on. The main theme of 'Porphyria's Lover' is about the wish of one man for time to stand still, that is for things to remain the same. The man achieves this in a very unique way by killing, the one he wishes not to change. In…...
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“The Beggar Woman” by William King, and “To his Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvel
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'The Beggar Woman' by William King is about a gentleman hunter, who is trying to convince a prostitute to have sex with him in the woods. The hunter is using a lot of excuses to get the woman to have sex with him, including saying that he is good at it and that she will like it. But, the woman does not really want to, and she too uses excuses. Excuses like having a child with her, and because of…...
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Andrew Marvell’s Poetry To His Coy Mistress
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In the first stanza he uses persuasive techniques such as flattery. The speaker tells his mistress what they could achieve in their relationship if they had enough time. You have heard the expression all the time in the world. That is what the speaker is referring to in line 1. He is saying that if they had all the time in the world, her coyness would not matter. He mentions religion from Noah's Flood (line 8) until 'the conversion of…...
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17th Century Poetry
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Compare (find the similarities) and contrast (find the differences) between the poetic techniques of Herrick and Marvell to achieve their intentions in "To the Virgins..." and "To his Coy Mistress" Both of the poems, "To the Virgins, To make much of time," by Robert Herrick and "To his Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell deal with the issue of virginity in young women and focus on the need to begin a sexual relationship as early as possible so that no time…...
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Use of Allusion in “To His Coy Mistress”
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Andrew Marvell used many allusions in his poem “To His Coy Mistress” thus making it interesting and colorful. An example of his use of this literary tool can be seen in these lines of the poem: I would Love you ten years before the Flood; And you should, if you please, refuse Till the conversion of the Jews. (7-10) Marvell uses Biblical concepts to show how much the narrator loves his mistress. In the Bible, the Flood occurs close to…...
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Portraying the Carpe diem Theme through Poetry
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The two poems, Robert Herrick’s To The Virgins, To Make Much of Time and Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress, both employ the “carpe diem” (seize the day) theme. Using both stock and original imageries, they effectively send the message across the reader that Time runs and keeps running so that one should enjoy the pleasures of love and romance while in one’s youth. However, the manners in which the two poets express this theme differ from each other. The…...
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To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
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“To his coy Mistress” is poem written by Andrew Marvell, and this is one of his best poems ever. Author used Carpe Diem, very interesting style of writing poetry. In this poem he describes his life and how he wanted a more time with special woman. “To his importunate Mistress” is poem which is written by Peter de Vries. He also in his poem used many things that are like in Marvell’s poem “To his coy Mistress. The first sentence…...
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Compare and Contrast Poems by John Donne and Michael Drayton
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The poem, To his coy mistress is very much Carpe Diem but the poet Andrew Marvell who wrote it was influenced by both Metaphysical and Classical types of poetry, the way in the beginning of the poem he seems to talk about things in a very slow way, walking, time slowing down to try to woe the women in a much quicker, the poem also shows a lot of Petrachan influences as when Andrew Marvell says 'Thine eyes, and on…...
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Interpersonal Relationship in a Poem To His Coy Mistress
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“To His Coy Mistress” is primarily the author, Andrew Marvell, trying to convince and seduce “his coy mistress”, into having intimate relations with him. The poem has three stanzas; each with a different purpose: the first stanza gently and subtly flatters his mistress, using positive diction and images to show, how Marvell wishes he could love her for all of eternity; the second stanza, however, uses imagery to show how time is moving fast and also, strongly negative diction and images to show how life must be lived happily, for there…...
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Compare and contrast Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”
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Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" are identical and contradictory in many respects. Although "A Valediction" concentrates on the comfort of love on parting and "To His Coy Mistress" contemplates about sexual love and the briefness of life, both exemplify characteristics of metaphysical poetry. Metaphysical poetry is about the profound areas of experience, especially about love, romantic and sensual, and, to a lesser extent, about pleasure, learning, and art. Metaphysical poems are brief but intense…...
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Explore and compare the ways in which the poets present the relationships
...The social and cultural contexts of all the poems discussed effectively silence their women, placing them on a pedestal far removed from the society of dominant men. Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' adores that woman, but his adoration serves t...
Explore how Browning and Marvell present the theme of Obsession in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ 
...I think that Marvell's poem To His Coy Mistress portrays desperation best and uses more powerful language to support the case in hand but in my opinion Porphyria's Lover gives a better portrayal of obsession. More empathy can be felt in this poem whe...
Compare and contrast John Donne’s ‘The Flea’ and Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’; Deciding which you feel is the most seductive
...My preference of two poems, and the one I feel to be the most seductive is Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress." I believe the content of the poem is excellent as the progression of Marvell's frustration is clearly evident in each of the three stan...
Choose 3 poems that use the subject of time and explain how and why
..."Lives are finished; time diminished", are presented. The image of death as a consequence of time shows us that the writer is not always so keen for time to pass. And the words "time diminished", suggest that the life of everything is existence is sh...

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