Comparing Easy by Andrew Fusek Peters and Andrew Marvell's To his Coy Mistress
After reading the two poems in detail and after doing group analysis
the following points were brought up for a further evaluation. These
were: theme, ideas, language, imagery and personal opinion.
Both poems deal with seduction and relationships but vary of how it is
done. In the poem 'Easy', SEX seemed to be the biggest issue. The
relationship here was more of a 'one time fling' or a 'one night
stand' type of relationship where the characters only pursue love of a
sexual nature and nothing more. As we have seen later in the poem, one
member of this relationship is always left distraught. They are left
to feel worthless, with an extremely low self-esteem. Although with
'To his Coy Mistress', there seemed to be love set on a different
plateau as admiration and praise had been given before the interaction
of the two took place which showed respect and appreciation for their
partner, but this second poem only goes up as far as to verbal
seduction and the aftermath of it was never seen and so the
consequences (if there were any) could not have been seen by the
reader. Many speculations in the class were delivered during class
about the 'seductor' of the second poem to be just as cruel as the one
of 'Easy'. We cannot truly say that after they accomplish their
liaison that they will still be together.
The ideas of the 'one night stand' in 'Easy' can be expanded to peer
pressure, pressure from the main female in poem to conform with the
'guys' and to agree with having sex, and to lose her virginity to a
man, which seems not to be her Mr. Right; and pressure from the main
male of the poem to publicize his lies with his group to make him more
popular with them. "First time y' know: hers, not mine of course." It
seems that he has to project this 'male-macho' image to his gang. This
shows true insecurity. If he feels he has to project his image onto
his friends, that means he isn't doing it already and he feels the
need to fabricate additional lies to make them think more of him.
The one who is at the end of this, facing all the impact and misery is
the girl. She had to confront the ones who slander her name and giving
her peer pressure because she didn't agree with them and so was called
a 'fridge' a recluse, an introvert. But the instant she gave in, she
was branded with the name "slag" and " a real goer" some one you can
go to for sex without the burden of having to be with them when you
had finished. The girl was treated like trash because she had lost in
the battle she could never have won, whatever way you put it.
The ideas emphasized by 'To his Coy Mistress' were of love having to
be developed, that you mustn't rush into things...