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Comparing To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare

I am comparing 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell (1640) and
'Sonnet 138' by William Shakespeare (1590). The similarities between
both poems are that they both use a certain amount of syllables
throughout each poem. 'To His Coy Mistress' uses 8 syllables per line,
and 'Sonnet 138' uses 10 syllables per line. Another obvious
similarity is that they both end with a couplet. They both also tell a
story. The differences in the poems are that 'To His Coy Mistress' is
arguing why they should get on with life, and Carpe diem whereas
'Sonnet 138' is telling us about how he doesn't trust her, yet he
loves her. They use different styles, because Shakespeare uses
alternate rhyming lines whereas 'To His Coy Mistress' uses couplets
most of the time. They also present different ideas. The first ('To
his Coy Mistress') gives the impression that women are shy and need
encouragement whereas 'Sonnet 138' shows that they lie and trick men.

'To His Coy Mistress' is the title of the first poem. It implies that
she is a shy mistress and it does not mean, as it does today, that she
was a secret lover and doing it deceitfully behind a man's wife's
back. It just meant his girlfriend. 'To His Coy Mistress' meant to his
shy girlfriend. The poem is a three-stage argument. It starts with the
'if' stage. If we had enough time I would spend all the ages of this
world loving you, I would spend all my time flattering you and
praising you'. The next stage is the 'but' stage. It is telling her
that we don't have all the time in the world and we are soon going to
die. The third...


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...esting to read, especially 'To His
Coy Mistress' because of the differences within the poem and because
of the way it is written like an argument. I do not find 'Sonnet 138'
beautiful but I do find it unusual because it has a strange idea that
it is all right to lie in a relationship if it makes someone happy,
because of this I find the poem offensive, as I do not believe it is
right to lie. If I received 'To His Coy Mistress' I would be both
offended and flattered, but I would have liked to have written it
because it is so clever. I don't think either poem help us to truly
understand love because one says you lie in a relationship and the
other tells us that women are shy. They contradict each other, but
this does not mean that one poem is right and one is wrong, it just
shows us two different views of love.


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