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Love in "To His Coy Mistress", "Shall I Compare Thee," "Let Me Not," and "The Flea"


The four poems I am going to be comparing are, “To His Coy Mistress,”
“Shall I Compare Thee,” “Let Me Not,” and “The Flea.” All four of
these poems are based on the subject matter of love. The four poems
have a lot in common but each poem touches a different aspect of love.
Two of the poems, “Shall I Compare Thee”, and “Let Me Not”, are
sonnets and both were written by Shakespeare. “To His Coy Mistress” is
written by Andrew Marvell and “The Flea” was written by John Donne.
All four of the poems have three parts to them each posing a different
argument. I will be analysing and comparing the four poems in the
purpose of the poem, the nature of love, the effect of outside
influences on their love, the form of the poem and the techniques the
poets use convincingly.

The main purpose of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ is to persuade Marvell’s
mistress to consummate their relationship together, this is also the
same purpose of ‘The Flea’. The other purposes are to brag about how
good he is at writing; this is shown in his arrogant style of writing.
It is for seduction, a satire of legal persuasive speech and the final
purpose is a reminder of mortality, and they should seize the day. It
also says that the woman is very shy and that if they had all the
world but enough time so being shy is not a crime, this is shown in
the opening lines, “Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness,
Lady, were no crime.” Phrases such as, “amorous birds of prey,” and
“tear our pleasures” show that they consummate their relationship.
“Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near”, is a reminder that death will
soon dawn upon then and so there is more reason ...


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...hat he is a fantastic
writer.

All four of the poems are very persuasive and are written effectively
by the poets’ techniques. ‘Shall I Compare Thee’ and ‘Let Me Not’ are
both romantic and flatter the lady Shakespeare is writing for. Both
the sonnets make Shakespeare’s loved one seem extremely special and
Shakespeare does it convincingly. ‘To His Coy Mistress’ is humorous in
places and maintains the politeness throughout the poem. ‘To His Coy
Mistress’ is also very persuasive and Marvell convinces his beloved to
consummate their relationship. ‘The Flea’ is effective because a flea
is so insignificant but the way the poet describes it makes it seem so
important. All of the poems are very similar and definitely have many
similarities between them, the main one is obviously love but they all
talk about death being the main outside influence on their love.


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