A Comparison of Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's The Sunne Rising

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A Comparison of Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's The Sunne Rising

Both poems "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" were written by metaphysical poets, this is one of many similarities in the poems. However, there are also a number of differences between them.

In both poems, there is an obvious link to the theme of "Carpe Diem" which simply means "seize the day". The poems relate to time and that of how it's running out. They seem to be in a rush.

The content of the poem is Marvell writing a poem to his love partner. They are truly in love with each other and their love is very passionate for one another. However, there is something missing in their relationship and
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Part three says that they should enjoy themselves and not hold back on making their relationship a sexual one.

Marvell's style is using rhyming tetrameters, which is rhyming couplets with four beats in every metric line. He varies the punctuation to break up the rhyme to create effect. Marvell portrays an idyllic image by using alliteration. He uses many images to give us a direct view of the situation and help us understand the poem fully. There is an obvious image from the start of the poem. It's a lazy, unrealistic image of the woman wandering the river Ganges' side. The mention of "Humber" gives us the answer to where he lives. The river Humber is in Hull and that's where he's from.

The choice of vocabulary used by Marvell is clever and effective. He uses "Conversion of the Jews"; another term is steadfast Jesus, which means never to change your religion. This simply means he will love her forever, as the Jews are very proud of their religion, they would never change their religion. Marvell uses many conseits, which are far-fetched or elaborate comparisons, to convey the depth of his love for his partner. He uses the phrase "vegetable love". This is a way of expressing his love in a hidden way by using a metaphor. The vegetable symbolises his love. The vegetable is good, wholesome and growing, and he's hoping that the relationship will
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