A Contrast of 'A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning', and 'To His Coy

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The stereotype of poetry is that poems are written to exemplify a relationship between two people who are so infatuated with each other it is said that they are "in love" and this can give meaning to what is commonly referred to as a love poem. Poets John Donne and Andrew Marvell write such poetry however, their poems "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning", and "To His Coy Mistress", consider two different concepts. Although they are addressing love, they are dealing with different aspects of it. The two poems can be contrasted in form, poetic devices such as symbols, tone, rhyme, and the rhythmical pattern. Symbols and tone can often encourage the reader to look for underlying mental representations that will connect them to the text…show more content…
In "To His Coy Mistress" Marvell uses physical image, to aid the speaker 's argument to convince his mistress to yield to him. He is writing this poem to seduce his "coy mistress" to have sex with him. When he tells her "Now let us sport us while me may" (37), the speaker is telling his mistress that they should do as they please. When he writes "and now, like amorous birds of prey, rather at once our time devour than languish in his slow-chapped power" (38-40), he means we should act now before it is too late. This brings to light the element of carpe diem, or "seize the day" that seems to be Marvell 's whole message in this poem. It is an argument to convince her to give up her virginity while she is still young and beautiful. Marvell writes specifically to the object of his desire. This one-on-one context suggests to the reader that he is writing directly to her in hopes of convincing her to his whim. To enforce his argument Marvell uses a pleading tone. The tone in Donne 's poem seems to be rather depressing, such as one would use when separating. The poem also is not addressing its subject, the woman, directly. The concept of indirectness points to the author 's lack of emotion. He is remaining emotionless and indifferent to avoid any confrontation from her. He wants their separation to be as quick and as painless as possible. Since these two poems deal with completely different aspects
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