This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Comparison Of The Presentation Of Seduction In The Poems To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell And The Willing Mistress By Aphra Behn

1557 words - 6 pages

Comparison of the Presentation of Seduction in the Poems To His Coy
Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Willing Mistress by Aphra Behn

Both Marvell and Behn wrote during the Renaissance period and had
different styles. However, they explored similar themes. In 'To His
Coy Mistress', Marvell uses a cleverly structured argument called
'syllogism' to persuade his lover to 'seize the day' and make love
before their passion fades. In the first section, Marvell speculates
how he would adore his mistress. He compliments his mistress saying
she deserves such praise. He uses hyperbole to illustrate the extent
of his love. He uses many vast geographical and biblical allusions to
tell the vastness of his love. The tone in the second section is
desolate and threatening. Time is personified to show it's inevitable
conclusion - death confronts us all. He uses a blunt reminder that
'times winged chariot' is 'hurrying near'. Threatening images of
graves and decay emphasise his point. The imagery becomes morbid and
disturbing as he reminds his lover, manipulatively, that death will
inevitably destroy her virginity. In the third section of the poem,
Marvell draws his triumphant conclusion. His lover is young and
beautiful and they desire one another. He focuses on the urgency of
seduction. In contrast, Aphra Behn is revolutionary and our
expectations are challenged as she writes her willingness to
receivevher lover's attention in a female persona. She presents
seduction from a woman's point of view. She was one of the first women
to write about a woman's sexual feelings in pre-1900 poems.

Aphra Behn's humorous poem follows a narrative structure in which she
uses a rhyming technique to draw the listener into the story and give
it rhythm. The language and style used, as it progresses, enhances the
lovers' increasing passion and concludes with the memorable rhetorical
question challenging the reader to 'guess the rest'. In contrast,
Marvell is a metaphysical poet who belonged to a group who were
'well-known' for writing complex poems with powerful metaphors and
allusions. He takes the theme 'carpe diem' and applies this to his
relationship with his mistress. Marvell was praised for his wit and
clever intellectual argument. He keeps his syllables to 8 in his lines
but when he wishes to make a memorable point urging her to seize the
day, he increases the number of syllables to 12, an example of this is
'But at my back I always hear, Time's winged chariot hurrying near.'
Rhyming couplets are also included to give his poem a continuous flow.

Aphra Behn presents seduction in 'To His Willing Mistress' by using
nature to reflect the two lovers' passion. The 'grove' in which the
amorous lovers go is secretive and secluded it is away from human eyes
and portrays seduction as being private. The female persona...

Find Another Essay On Comparison of the Presentation of Seduction in the Poems To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Willing Mistress by Aphra Behn

Anaylsis of To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

1101 words - 4 pages the woman became pregnant, for example). The mistress would like to postpone sex (theoretically until she and the speaker are married). The speaker wants to consummate their physical relationship now. The poem's speaker is attempting to persuade "His Coy Mistress" to have sex with him. The speaker seems frustrated, impatient, and to feel a sense of urgency in pursuing this goal. Although the rhyme scheme of the poem follows a simple

To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

1476 words - 6 pages To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell It is a metaphysical poem, which means its lyric contains many striking images, is very intense and uses strong metaphors. It is concerned with a young man who is trying to persuade a young woman to have sex with him by charming and rushing her into it because he only has one thing on his mind. In the poem he uses three different arguments, flattery, fear and passion to persuade her to his

The Sun Rising by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

2679 words - 11 pages of the dominating sun being told to change because someone is in love and wants more time to live. In conclusion, both poems are well written in different aspects with similar boasting and condescending personification of the sun. I think the more successful of the two is 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell because of its flowing techniques and winning structured argument in comparison to the more confusing and

The Flea by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

6073 words - 24 pages The Flea by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell "The Flea" by John Donne is written in the 17th century as is "To his coy mistress" by Andrew Marvell. This we can see by the language used which was typical of that period in time "apt to kill me" and "yea" which are taken from the flea. Both poems also speak of virginity being very important, especially before marriage because if a woman had lost her "maidenhead" before

Comparison of How John Donne and Andrew Marvell Present Death in Poems To His Coy Mistress and Holy Sonnet X

1774 words - 7 pages Comparison of How John Donne and Andrew Marvell Present Death in Poems To His Coy Mistress and Holy Sonnet X In the poems To His Coy Mistress and Holy Sonnet X the idea of death plays a strong part in the overall messages of the poems. Both poets use effective but very different methods in order to put forward their views and/or to make a point about society

Analysis of To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Sonnet by Elizabeth B. Browning

5433 words - 22 pages Analysis of To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Sonnet by Elizabeth B. Browning 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

Love in Andrew Marvell in To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's The Sunne Rising

1854 words - 7 pages Love in Andrew Marvell in To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's The Sunne Rising These two poems, "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" are similar poems, they are both metaphysical (metaphysical means more than physical) poems written around Shakespeare's time. The main theme of these poems is the same; it is romance and the love of a woman. Yet the two poets have very different opinions on these two things. Within

Formalistic Approach To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

990 words - 4 pages the two lovers. Particularly with words of movement, the reader easily visualizes what is taking place in "To His Coy Mistress". Andrew Marvell emphasizes this use of movement or action in space when words appear such as, "transpires", "sports", "sits", "roll", "birds of prey", etc. Relating to the repeating importance of time, the author also stresses the "sun" which will not stand still and will be forced to run. These are all pictures or images

Compare the theme of seduction in To his coy mistress and The

706 words - 3 pages Compare the theme of seduction in To his coy mistress and The seduction The poem “to his coy mistress” was written by Andrew Marvell between 1621 and 1678. However “The seduction” (which was written by Eileen McAuley-a woman) was written much later, in the 1980’s. Both poems are about a man trying to persuade a woman to sleep with him. In “THCM” the man uses flattery and persuasion “For lady you deserve this state.” In this poem however

Analysis of the Poems To his Coy Mistress and Oranges

1826 words - 7 pages 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

A Psychoanalytic Analysis of To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

730 words - 3 pages . One of the most celebrated carpe diem poems in British literature,it has been praised by numerous literary scholars and critics fot its brilliantly wrought form,thematic significance,metaphysical conceits,paradox and irony.Unfortunately,not many of the readers thoroughly understand this poem.They will notice that its male speaker,an erudite man,tries to persuade a reluctant mistress to accept his proposal of physical love,those who are

Similar Essays

The Willing Mistress, By Aphra Behn

930 words - 4 pages who earned them the right to speak their minds.” She was one of the first female authors to speak candidly about the sexual passion felt by women, which was deemed ill-suited in her time. Aphra Behn creates an atmosphere where the woman is liberated, and can exhibit their sexuality very passionately. The title “The Willing Mistress” instantly suggests the action taken by the female protagonist. She has little or no sexual inhibitions, and is a

To His Coy Mistress, By Andrew Marvell And The Rights Of Woman, By Anna Letitia Barbauld

1421 words - 6 pages Throughout the poems “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell and “The Rights of Woman” by Anna Letitia Barbauld, violence is used in contrasting ways. Marvell uses violence to manipulate his mistress into a powerless position, while Barbauld uses it to incite rebellion against just such a power structure.Though violence is not the primary thematic concern within the majority of both works, it plays an essential role in developing the storyline

A Comparison Of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ By Andrew Marvell And ‘To His Mistress Going To Bed’ By John Donne

3176 words - 13 pages A Comparison of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell and ‘To His Mistress Going to Bed’ by John Donne ‘To His Coy Mistress’ and ‘To His Mistress Going to Bed’ are both poems about men seducing women. They centre around sex rather than love or romance. Sixteenth and seventeenth century attitudes to love and relationships were much stricter going as far as wealthy people asking their perspective lovers to court them via

Analysis Of To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell

818 words - 3 pages Analysis of To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell's elaborate sixteenth century carpe diem poem, 'To His Coy Mistress', not only speaks to his coy mistress, but also to the reader. Marvell's suggests to his coy mistress that time is inevitably rapidly progressing and for this he wishes for her to reciprocate his desires and to initiate a sexual relationship. Marvell simultaneously suggests to the reader that he or she should