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Comparing To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell And To His Mistress Going To Bed By John Donne

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Comparing To his Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and To his Mistress Going to Bed by John Donne

In recent times I have compared and contrasted two pieces of love
poetry, both of which are exceptionally lyrical and full of
intellectual language that bring the poems alive with elaborated
metaphors that compare dissimilar things, as they Inare equally, yet
somehow individually both metaphysical poems. The first of these poems
that I comprehended was 'To his Coy Mistress;' (written by Andrew
Marvell during the 17th century), it reflects the epic of a man who is
striving to entice a unadulterated woman into going to bed with him;
he does this by using a lot of romantic flattery and surreal imagery,
positive as well as negative. The second of the two is 'To his
Mistress going to bed;' (written in the 16th century by one of the
best known metaphysical writers, John Donne), this poem also beholds
an abundance of imagery and adulation, however it differs from 'To his
coy Mistress' for the reason that, it has more reference to sex
throughout the poem, and it is a lot more explicit all round.

Andrew Marvell was born on March 31, 1621, at Winestead-in-Holderness,
Yorkshire. Though in poems written between 1645 and 1649 he had
evinced royalist sympathies, Marvell seems to have been attracted by
the strong personality of Oliver Cromwell, and in 1650 he wrote "An
Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland." Commonly
acknowledged a masterful piece of political poetry, this ode has
occasioned some controversy as to the degree of unqualified admiration
with which the poet regards the military harshness of the Puritan
general. Most of the finest poems seem to have been composed in the
1650s; few of them are without central images of gardens. Perhaps the
most famous of Marvell's lyrics is "To His Coy Mistress": Like many of
Marvell's best poems, it masks extraordinary subtlety and complexity
beneath a surface of smooth and deceptively simple octosyllabic
couplets. It is, in fact, as perfect an example of the metaphysical
mode as anything by Donne and, for all its cool and witty tone, and
passionate lyrics.

John Donne, (1572-1631) is considered the greatest of all metaphysical
poets. Donne was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Lincoln's Inn. His
works of this period, included some of his songs, sonnets (written as
late as 1617), problems and paradoxes, which consisted of cynical,
realistic and often sexual lyrics, essays and verse satires. Donne's
court career was ruined by the discovery of his marriage in 1601 to
Anne More and we also imprisoned for a short time; later in 1601, his
poems became a lot more serious. After a long period of financial
uncertainty and desperation, during which he was twice a member of
Parliament, Donne yielded to the wishes of King James I and took
orders in...

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