Compare the persuasive techniques used in the poems. Say which poems
you feel are the most effective and Why?
Persuading poets have been writing poems on love, lust and nature
since the beginning of time. The 7 poems that are analysed here range
from the 16th-19th centuries.
These poems are all written by men arguing and persuading the effects
In “To virgins”, it appears that Robert Herrick uses small amounts of
natural imagery to persuade virgins and to stress the fast passing of
He begins with a time threatening statement urging the virgins to
”gather ye rosebuds while ye may” he then adds
“This same flower that smiled today tomorrow will be dying”.
These images assert the time that is passing. He uses personification
of “time flying” to do this. He mentions death in the first stanza
that he uses in a way to signify the fast approach of the virgins
He uses the phrase “smiles today”, to tell us that beauty goes quickly
and it will soon ware out so you must use your time while you have
Herrick uses phrases such as “his race be run” and
“Nearer he’s to setting”.
These are also to express the running out of time with speed.
In the first stanza, the first two lines have a positive disposition
and in the third and fourth lines the form changes to a negative mood.
This pattern is followed throughout all 4 stanzas.
The uses of personification are used to signify the passing of time.
By using these phrases, it explains that everything is alive but it
will soon die.
At the start of the third stanza, Herrick talks about your young age
when you are fitter and healthier and you have passion and beauty. In
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...this he is trying to state that being with him wont change
This poem can compare well to “To his coy mistress” by Andrew Marvell.
These poems share similarities in the way that they both have three
sections split up into stanzas. The first, which argues the subject.
The second, which stresses consequences and a third stanza that
explains a persuading alternative.
In my opinion, the most effective poem is “The Flea”. This is because
I think the way that Donne has set up his subject is more persuading
than the others and also makes it a more interesting poem.
I feel that “To his mistress going to bed” by John Donne was the least
successful because it is not very persuading because of the urgency in
the mood of the poem. It contains no love phrases and is a poem about
lust and revelation that contributes to it being very threatening.
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