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The Sun Rising by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

John Donne and Andrew Marvell were two of the most outstanding of the
English Metaphysical poets of their era. In both of the poems to which
this piece of extended writing refers, highly intellectual and complex
imagery is used to make us discover the hidden meanings behind their
unconventional love poetry. Both poems were written at a similar
period, and though both authors were similar in ways, there are also
points of diversity.

John Donne was a renowned clergyman, loved and respected greatly for
his ingenious fusion of wit and humour he injected into both his
sermons and his poetry. Donne's work was widely published during his
life and though shunned by his family for renouncing the Roman
Catholic tradition, attending both Oxford and Cambridge and receiving
no degrees and a shocking secret marriage to Anne More, Donne managed
to make a healthy living and laugh at his mishaps. The poet, in
characteristic pun later summed up the latter experience as, 'John
Donne, Anne Donne, undone.'

By way of contrast, Andrew Marvell was the son of a working vicar. He
attended college but after the death of his father, he decided to
travel from country to country in an unsettled manner. Not much is
known about Marvell as prior to his death, very few of his works had
been published. From what is recorded though, we believe that during
these 5 years in which he spent travelling between Holland, Italy,
France and Spain, he wrote all of his poetry that has now become well
known. After his travels he applied for a job as assistant secretary
to the council of state and after 4...


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...eader enjoys
the image of the dominating sun being told to change because someone
is in love and wants more time to live.

In conclusion, both poems are well written in different aspects with
similar boasting and condescending personification of the sun. I think
the more successful of the two is 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew
Marvell because of its flowing techniques and winning structured
argument in comparison to the more confusing and muddled, 'The Sun
Rising' by John Donne. I believe that Marvell would be more likely to
succeed in getting his mistress to sleep with him (as long as she is
intelligent enough to see past the intense imagery but somehow blinded
to the obvious fact that the sole reason for this literary exercise is
in fact, that) than Donne is to have the sun obey him and the world in
his bedroom.


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