Persuasive Techniques Used in Poetry
Compare the persuasive techniques used in the poems. Say which poems
you feel are the most effective and Why?
Persuading poets have been writing poems on love, lust and nature
since the beginning of time. The 7 poems that are analysed here range
from the 16th-19th centuries.
These poems are all written by men arguing and persuading the effects
In “To virgins”, it appears that Robert Herrick uses small amounts of
natural imagery to persuade virgins and to stress the fast passing of
He begins with a time threatening statement urging the virgins to
”gather ye rosebuds while ye may” he then adds
“This same flower that smiled today tomorrow will be dying”.
These images assert the time that is passing. He uses personification
of “time flying” to do this. He mentions death in the first stanza
that he uses in a way to signify the fast approach of the virgins
He uses the phrase “smiles today”, to tell us that beauty goes quickly
and it will soon ware out so you must use your time while you have
Herrick uses phrases such as “his race be run” and
“Nearer he’s to setting”.
These are also to express the running out of time with speed.
In the first stanza, the first two lines have a positive disposition
and in the third and fourth lines the form changes to a negative mood.
This pattern is followed throughout all 4 stanzas.
The uses of personification are used to signify the passing of time.
By using these phrases, it explains that everything is alive but it
will soon die.
At the start of the third stanza, Herrick talks about your young age
when you are fitter and healthier and you have passion and beauty. In
the second half of the third stanza, he tries to convince virgins that
your life gets worse as you grow older. He ends the fourth stanza with
a negative mood by using “you may forever tarry”.
This phrase means that for the rest of your life you will suffer with
loneliness if you don’t follow his commands.
Herrick’s poem is in an ordered structure and has an alternate rhyming
rhythm that makes the poem more commanding. The lack of imagery in
this poem gives it a more uneasy and blunt mood. The pace of the
rhythm in this poem is quick which links in with the expressing of
fast time and adds to the effect of a threatening poem.
This poem suggests to me that maybe he is desperate so he uses the
This poem compares well to “Of Beauty” by Richard Fanshawe because
both of the poems are in an ordering mood and have a positive and
negative part of the stanza’s.
It also compares well to” To his coy mistress” by Andrew Marvell. Both
of the poems are arguing that time is running out so let me love you
now while we have the time. They both use a lot of time statements
such as ‘long loves day’, nearer he’s to setting’ and ‘ten years
The second poem, “Of Beauty” by Richard...