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Analysis Of The Poems To His Coy Mistress And Oranges

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Love can have many faces in each of these poems we are given a glimpse at these two faces. “To His Coy Mistress “ is a poem about a man trying to persuade a woman into sex as the poem progresses the man becomes more and more desperate. It conveys a face of love that agrees more with lust and carnal desire. While in “Oranges” a poem about a young boy taking out a girl for the first time shows us a different face. This is a face that most of young love, which most of us are familiar with and that is anxious and excited, all wrapped into one. In these poems “To His Coy Mistress” uses tone and symbolism to convey this mans love in the form of lust, while “Oranges” uses these elements to convey the innocent love of the two adolescents.
Tone is used in both of theses poems to help convey the message of love and what kind of love the characters are feeling, while “To His Coy Mistress” tone shifts through the poem starting out complimentary and ends up frantic and almost argumentative. It begins with the speaker telling his mistress how romantic all of this would be, “ we would sit down, and think which way to walk and pass our long loves day”(2/3) he is trying to be chivalrous. Then as the first stanza continues to Praise her and tell her that his love would be long lasting and that his love would grow even if she rejected him. He does this by saying, “ love you ten years before the flood” (8)and continues with “ my vegetable love would grow vaster than empires and more slow”(11/12). To top of the flattery he begins to explain how visually pleasing her features are, in which the speaker assigns years of time to accentuate how much he adores her features and what they are worth to him. To finish the first stanza “for lady you deserve the state, nor would I love at lower rate”(19/20), the speaker is leading his reader to assume what monetary value his mistress has to him. Moving on to the second stanza the author’s tone has shifted and is now becoming more hurried in his tone, because he seems to be getting impatient. Times winged chariot hurrying near is setting the tone of his now frantic speech because it gives the reader a sense that time is running out. After this the tone takes a darker turn when the speaker explains to his mistress that her virginity will do neither of them any good if they are dead. The speaker is becoming increasingly pushy with his tone when he asks her do you want your honor and my lust so go to waist, so why don’t we just enjoy them instead. Or we can do what you want but then they will be for the worms. Finally, his tone as progressed to aggressive “ now therefore, while youthful hue sits on thy skin like morning dew (33/34)/ not let us sport us while we may and now, like amorous birds of prey.”(37/38) All of this seems very forceful and quite a change from when he was signing her praises in the first stanza. This mans love or lust transformed him from passionate lover to something as violent sounding as an...

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