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Andrew Marvell in To His Coy Mistress and Robert Herrick in “To the Virgin to Make Much Time Embrace Their Sexuality

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While both Andrew Marvell in “To His Coy Mistress” and Robert Herrick in “To the Virgin to Make Much Time,” both poems express the same idea of Carpe Diem, Marvell wants his mistress to give into his seduction by persuading her with images of worms crawling inside of her and Herrick is asking all young women to deference the idea of embracing their sexuality and to enjoy beauty while one still has it.

The speaker of Herrick's poem stressed the short-lived character of life and to take advantage of their youth to promptly celebrate life, to be amiable, to take chances, and the pleasures it has to offer. Nonetheless, the speaker doesn't advocate the “virgins” to participate in unmoral acts but to find harmony in wedlock. This poem is directed towards youthful virgins, insisting them to find love and get married while they have the advantage of being young and attractive. The speaker is hoping the reader will consider the idea o...


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