Both Andrew Marvell and Robert Herrick who are writing in the 17th
Century which was in the Romantic period and both poems are about
love. This comparison ties both poems closely together as well as
their identical themes of time running out.
Herrick’s poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” is essentially a
general argument that everyone who has not yet found love should make
the most of the short time they have alive and marry someone as soon
as possible. The idea of Marvell’s poem is to get his mistress into
bed with him. This means that there will be a contrast at points of
the poem where some conclusion is reached.
Herrick’s poem is much shorter than Marvell’s and therefore his point
is brought across in two metaphors to express it and then a conclusion
which drives it home. “To His Coy Mistress” on the other hand
comprises of 3 large verses. The first one is humorous supposedly to
break down the barrier between him and the girl who the poem is for,
the second is used to shock his reader to convince her that she should
come with him and the third verse is an actively persuasive conclusion
which tells her that he is the only logical choice for her to take.
This means that the short four stanza Herrick poem which is composed
entirely of evidence and persuasion to back up his point compares
closely to Marvell’s who is also persuading his mistress and leaving
her no room to defy his argument.
In Herrick’s poem, he uses a metaphor of a flower which may be at full
bloom and beautiful today but then tomorrow it will be wilting and
dying by which he means that the young virgins may be bea...
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...ll wants (i.e. to seduce his
mistress). This poem is written in rhyming couplets which for most of
the poem gives it a melodic persuasiveness however on line 24, which
ends with the word eternity does not rhyme with the line above ending
with the word lie. This is designed to interrupt the beat of the poem
and to disturb the reader so that this word eternity is emphasised and
proves the point that when she dies, it will be for ever.
Both Herrick and Marvell are male poets from the same romantic period
in the 17th Century and therefore the context and language used in
their poems are relatively similar. It is also probably since Herrick
was a major influence in the poetic world at the time – that Marvell
has read “To the Virgins” and both authors will therefore have
comparative ideas for example the theme of time which features so
strongly in both poems.
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