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Love in Andrew Marvell in To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's The Sunne Rising

These two poems, "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" are
similar poems, they are both metaphysical (metaphysical means more
than physical) poems written around Shakespeare's time. The main theme
of these poems is the same; it is romance and the love of a woman. Yet
the two poets have very different opinions on these two things. Within
both poems are arguments, in "To His Coy Mistress" it is with the
woman and in "The Sunne Rising" it is with the sun. "The Sunne Rising"
is about a mans argument with the sun over how important it is
compared to his woman. "To his Coy Mistress" is about a man trying to
seduce the woman.

The main theme of the two poems is love. There are other themes in the
poems which are linked to love, in "To his Coy Mistress" the theme
time and how it is passing by is introduced> The three stanzas develop
the theme, in the first stanza the narrator in the poem talks about
how they could be together forever, "Till the conversion of the Jews"
this is saying how they have all the time in the world so they can
take it slow, in the second stanza time speeds up, "The grave's a fine
and private place, But none, I think do there embrace." This means
that he will not be able to love her when she is dead and alone. In
the third stanza the man is saying they can't stop time, they should
take things fast and make time try and keep up with them. "The Sunne
Rising" has a very different theme, it is the sun and the world,
instead of the argument being with the woman about them being
together, in "The Sunne Rising" it is about how the sun think...


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...entre is, these walls, thy sphere." This is saying that if you shine
here sun you are shining on my whole world, this room is my world and
my woman is the centre of it. This shows how Donne uses imagery to
illustrate the mans love for the woman and how he feels about her.
This shows how both writers feel that imagery is a good way to get
feelings across within a progressing argument.

These two poems have similarities in structure, poetic voice, use of
imagery, tone and in the use of themes. Yet both poems also have
difference in these same areas. In "The Sunne Rising" he already has
his woman and in "To his Coy Mistress" he is trying to seduce the
woman. I believe "The Sunne Rising" by John Donne was the more
successful poem because I thought the author got the mans feelings for
the woman across to the reader better.


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