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To his Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Flea by John Donne

Two of the poems in Best Words are seduction poems, rather than
love poems. These are To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvell and The
Flea by John Donne. Compare these two poems by analysing: -

· Each poets intention

· Form of the poem

· Language used in the poem

· Your reaction to the unromantic poems.

‘Let me not to the marriage of true minders/Admit impediments, love is
not love’, is one of many famous love sonnets written by William
Shakespeare. He had examined different parts of love and descried to
explain them in a sonnet; where as other poets have written poems with
different forms and structure on their points of views about
relationships and seduction. In my essay I intend to compare the
similarities and differences in two different poems. They are, ‘To his
coy mistress’ by Andrew Marvell which is about time and ‘The Flea’ by
John Donne, to answer, ‘Are these poems really dominant with
seduction?’

Firstly one similarity between Marvell’s ‘To his coy mistress’ and
Donne’s ‘The Flea’ is how they both have the same intention of
seducing their mistress. This is shown by ‘oh stay, thee lives in one
flea spare’ and ‘and now, like amorous birds of prey. It is evident
that love is not a key feature of the poet’s relationship. It’s more
like a balancing act of power between them. However their mistress
refuses to succumb to their master’s advantages, which lets the women
be in control.

This is seen by how in the 17th century, men had the say for
everything that happened, so the two versifier try to seduce their
mistress. It is evident that the two authors go about it in different
ways. In ‘To his coy mistress’ by Marvell he...


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...and Donne had generally similar
ideas, on how to bed their mistress. This is shown by sharing the
same, aim of the poem, through their very own mistress. The
similarities can be seen by the structure and language that are also.
However if that was me in that position, I would tried to out wit
Donne, by showing how his intellectual powers, wouldn’t out mind me;
because I would try and impersonate what the poet was trying to do, so
that the poet’s intentions wouldn’t of happened, as I would make sure
I was in control of the relationship. Now I will let you think of
something and that is…What would you have done back in the 17th
century? And what do you think of the poet’s back then now in the 21st
century? I’ll leave that to you to think about that and how women were
treated for the use of sex and not treated for their personality
within that time period.


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