This assignment will examine two poems that were written before 1914.
The two poems I will be focussing on are 'To His Coy Mistress' by
Andrew Marvell and 'Sonnet' by Elizabeth B. Browning. In the essay I
will be looking at how both poems emphasise love but yet have very
different approaches as in the coy mistress the persona is trapping
his mistress into falling in love with him and uses tactics to try and
have a sexual relationship with her. However in the sonnet the persona
has a stronger love for her lover as the poem is more spiritual and
her idea of love is on a higher level - she does not refer to the
physical but she simply likes the idea of loving. I will be discussing
how the period of time that the poets lived in is reflected in their
attitudes to life - the tradition affecting the way they think or
possibly makes them rebellious towards tradition and to run away with
themselves i.e. existentialist views.
'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell is an intriguing poem that
captures the stereotypical view of men's attitude to women. The
persona is obsessed with a young female who is evidently very
beautiful and seductive but seems unwilling to let herself show or act
upon her feelings for him. He has tried so hard to show her that he
has the attitude and love that will make her happy. The poet is
basically saying that the persona is in love with this 'coy mistress'
and he will try anything for her to fall in love with him. The poet
talks about there being not enough time to think about the proposal
but to take a risk and run with the feelin...
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... end of the poem by its intensity. Marvell is clearly in control - of
himself and of the reader, Browning is at the mercy of her emotions.
The Coy Mistress is undoubtedly an amazing poem and it seems like
whatever you think or feel you can still agree with his way of
thinking and his constructive way of using wit, amusement and passion
shows how strong he felt about his mistress. However the Sonnet also
is a very endearing poem that entraps you into reading and makes you
feel quite optimistic about life and it is something that you read and
then afterwards you think 'wow'. The strength of feeling is so
passionate and the way she gets herself into a state of ecstasy is
amazing to think that someone could really become bewildered by the
power of love and it makes you think that it could possibly happen to
you one day.
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