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A Comparison of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell and ‘Cousin Kate’ by Christina Rossetti

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was a British writer. He was a poet during
the Renaissance period. He was one of the metaphysical poets, known
for his works like ‘To His Coy Mistress’. He was an assistant to John
Milton and a Member of Parliament.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a British writer. She was one of
the greatest Victorian poets. She lived a reclusive life and was
educated at home. She was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the
Victorian Period. She had a very strong Christian Faith and this was
shown several times in some of her poems.

To His Coy Mistress is a lyrical and metaphysical poem. It’s a poem
that expresses a thought, an idea or an emotion. It is also
characterised by a striking use of wit, irony and wordplay. This is a
Carpe Diem poem. We know this because all throughout the poem Andrew
Marvell talks about time. In the first stanza he says to his coy
mistress that if they had all the time in the world then she could
carry on refusing his proposal for as long as she wanted. In the
second stanza that time is passing by quickly and that soon they will
be old and she would have lost her beauty. In the last stanza he comes
to a conclusion and tells his coy mistress

that they should seize the moment and use up everyday to it’s fullest.
Underneath all the humour and sarcasm Andrew Marvel talks about a
serious subject. This is that they should seize the day and death
saying that time is running down.

Cousin Kate is also a poem about love. In Cousin Kate the cottage
maiden fell in love with a Lord who made her p...


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...ullest. It also contrasts with his ‘vegetable love’.

“Slow-chapt pow’r”

Time is eating their life away with slowly grinding jaws.

“The iron gates of life”

This gate is preventing him form getting what he wants and because it
is so hard the only way that he will be able to knock it down is if
his mistress joins him.

The narrator uses the word ‘our’ a lot. He is trying to tell his
mistress that they are united as one. They’re a team and together they
can break down the gates and conquer time. He says

“Thus, thou we cannot make our sun

Stand still, yet we will make him run”

He uses personification once again. They cannot really make the sun
run but what he is trying to say is that they can use their time up
wisely by having as much fun as possible, in doing this time will go
by really quickly.


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