and relationships. How is this affected by the era in which they
The two poems I am comparing are 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew
Marvell. Coy can be translated into modern language as Shy. The whole
poem is persuasive and is trying to get the lady to sleep with him,
but because she is shy she wont. Marvell lived in the 17th century
from 1621-1678. The poem in contrast is 'Sonnet 116' by William
Shakespeare who also wrote this poem in the 17th century and he lived
from 1564-1616. This poem is about the strength of love.
Marvell was a metaphysical poet, which means he used extensive
metaphors throughout his poems, as if he is playing with language. On
the other hand Shakespeare wrote in sonnets and has a more sincere
approach to writing.
The poems are both similar in 'meaning' because love I the base of
these two poems. I will be exploring the meaning, which is most
difficult to find without deep thought. Marvell's poem is split into
three parts, the first is speculating about love and if they had all
the time this is what they would do. If they had plentiful time her
shyness wouldn't matter, (but using the unique style Marvell has
acquired), he is almost saying it is a crime to be shy because they
have little time. He says he would spend 200 years adoring each breast
and 100 years gazing upon her forehead. With all the time the world
has he tells us they would visit the Indian Gange's side, because they
had all the world to explore with unlimited time.
Shakespeare is in contrast to this to Marvell as he is saying they
have enough time to do what they like. In the opening line 'Let me not
to the marriage of true minds', he ...
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...artnership ripping up their time and pleasure with
'rough strife'. Meaning they must be very fast and strong to make use
of the time they have. Marvell is writing very aggressively.
Shakespeare is again writing in complete opposite to Marvell, he says
love does not change 'in brief hours or weeks'. Love 'bears it out
even to the edge of doom' meaning love lat beyond people's lifetimes,
to the ends of eternity. Shakespeare then ends and concludes his poem
with a rhyming couplet. If Shakespeare's thoughts about love are
false, then he says he has never written anything, therefore he cannot
Marvell then writes that they are going to be so fast that the sun
will have to catch up, we see the couple hand in hand with a huge
burning ball chasing them.
Shakespeare is basically saying love is more powerful than time and
Marvell the exact opposite.
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