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Love In Andrew Marvell In To His Coy Mistress And John Donne's The Sunne Rising

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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
both poems are arguments, in "To His Coy Mistress" it is with the
woman and in "The Sunne Rising" it is with the sun. "The Sunne Rising"
is about a mans argument with the sun over how important it is
compared to his woman. "To his Coy Mistress" is about a man trying to
seduce the woman.

The main theme of the two poems is love. There are other themes in the
poems which are linked to love, in "To his Coy Mistress" the theme
time and how it is passing by is introduced> The three stanzas develop
the theme, in the first stanza the narrator in the poem talks about
how they could be together forever, "Till the conversion of the Jews"
this is saying how they have all the time in the world so they can
take it slow, in the second stanza time speeds up, "The grave's a fine
and private place, But none, I think do there embrace." This means
that he will not be able to love her when she is dead and alone. In
the third stanza the man is saying they can't stop time, they should
take things fast and make time try and keep up with them. "The Sunne
Rising" has a very different theme, it is the sun and the world,
instead of the argument being with the woman about them being
together, in "The Sunne Rising" it is about how the sun thinks it is
so important. In the first stanza he is offending the sun, saying
"Bust old fool, unruly sun" the narrator is trying to insult the sun
and in the second stanza he is challenging the importance and strength
of the sun "I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink" this is the
man showing his power and in the last stanza the man is saying how
himself and his love are the epicentre of what happens. These two
themes are different yet they are introduced in similar ways, in "The
Sunne Rising" this theme is introduced straight away, as the first
line is insults towards the sun. In "To his Coy Mistress" the theme of
time is introduced at the start of the poem, yet it is introduced a
bit softer and slower than in "The Sunne Rising". The two theme are
both linked to love because they help the writers describe the mans
love for the woman.

The poems have some differences as well as similarities, one of these
being that "The Sunne Rising" is about personification of the sun, and
how the man describes his love of his woman to the sun. "His Coy
Mistress" is different as it is about a man trying to seduce the
woman. This shows how the main themes are...

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