Fun Andrew Marvell’s carpe diem displays an openly sexual lust when compared to serious Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s both serious and intense lyric poem. It seems as if the sonnet expresses a much more pure, and in areas, religious and romantic view towards love than ‘To His Coy Mistress.’ This essay is going to discuss both poets’ attitudes towards love and explore their different approaches. In the first twenty lines of ‘To His Coy Mistress,’ Andrew Marvell opens the poem in a manner of admiration and respect for the woman’s body. “Two hundred to adore each breast.” (Line 15.) This quote illustrates Marvell’s respect for her body.
“Poryphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning and “[My mistresses’s eyes are nothing like the sun]” by William Shakespeare are poems that deal with the theme of love. Each of the narrators love their significant others. Even though the narrators and the women are in a completely separate social classes, they love each other unconditionally. Browning and Shakespeare portray the connection between the lovers by using many literary devices such as: situational irony, descriptions, tone, and mood. The poems are similar in the way that the narrator is madly in love with the women, but different in the way which the narrators choose to reveal their unrestricted love.
The first stanza of the poem makes the reader think that it is a love poem, when really it is a lust poem. The narrator uses the images of fear and lost opportunity and time as a threat to the woman. The writers, in the poems that I have compared, bring out love in different ways. There are different tactics involved, which is what I think make all these poems unique and interesting to read. Each poem brings about different types of love.
While using “you” the speaker portrays and addresses his lover with unusual comparisons and with ordinarily undesirable. He describes himself more attractively and the fact that despite his superior characteristics, he still needs and loves her. Many of his comments are backhanded with double meanings. “Litany” much like Shakespeare’s, “My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like Sun,” mocks the perfection and romantic idealism of love. Through metaphors, an effective use of syntax, structure, and contrast, Collins effectively conveys humorous satire towards traditional love poems while describing a view of a perfect match.
In answer to my beginning statement that I do not think that John Donne is more concerned with writing about himself than with adoring his mistress, I still believe that. In his sexual poems such as The Apparition, The Flea and Going to bed he seems only concerned with sex and himself and I would agree in those contexts he seems selfish and uninterested in anything else the mistresses have to offer. However, when he is a love poet and he is writing about and to his wife, he still writes with the same wit and cleverness but the writing flows and sounds so beautiful. He is very much concerned with his wife more than himself as every image of her leaves us with an angelic image of her and his love for her.
While “They Flee From Me” portrays men as the victim to women and their deviousness, “Amoretti” takes an opposing turn from how most poetry of that time wrote about love by celebrating it in a positive and joyful way. “Amoretti” was a change and very different from most writings about love which expressed either death or dismay and Spencer talks about it as the most joyful experience . Because of this it’s safe to say no one dies, is severely depressed, overcome with jealousy, or vengeance. The inspiration for “Amoretti” is Spenser’s experiences obtaining his wife and the love tale between the two before their marriage. These poems provide thoughts and visions of love as exciting, joy-filled, and most importantly a pleasure to be in.
Although The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Last Ride Together differ in that they deal with contrasting ideas about time, they both project similar ideas of love and rejection. In comparing the two poems, readers can see that no matter what they wish, they do not have power over their love lives. In the Victorian era, it would be typical for a woman to marry for money, or for reasons other than love. Unconditional love for Victorians was rare and un-coveted. Browning’s character mak... ... middle of paper ... ...nd T.S.
Both She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron and Douglas Dunn's Reincarnation are about romance. "She Walks In Beauty"/ "Reincarnation" Both "She Walks In Beauty" by Lord Byron and Douglas Dunn's "Reincarnation" are about romance. Although this is true they have much to be contrasted. "She Walks In Beauty" is about a man who is truly besotted with a woman who, from my observations, he doesn't even know. I think this from the fact that he doesn't talk about anything except for her looks and he says that he doesn't know her name: Had half impair'd the nameless grace ==================================== The poet takes pleasures from the woman's beauty and, unlike "Reincarnation" by Dunn, the poem mainly focuses on the woman's sexual attraction.
He writes, “I think my love as rare, As any she.” Even though the poem was a mockery to those that compare their love as the most precious in the world. He comments on his love. Saying that she is rare because everyone is unique in his or her own way. He knows she is not like the sun, the most elaborate hairstyle, or the rosiest cheeks. She does not have that hourglass figure or a model type body.
With so many different types of love, it is quite possible for two "love poems" to be written in completely different tones. Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress" is a very amorous poem, spoken by a fiery young man, while Roethke’s "Elegy for Jane" is a mournful look back at a life lost too soon, spoken by a deeply affected friend. Both poems are as poignant as they are distinct from one another, and they serve as an interesting lesson in love. Works Cited: Marvell, Andrew. "To His Coy Mistress" and Other Poems.