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

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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 his mistress into falling in love with him and uses tactics to try and have a sexual relationship with her. However in the sonnet the persona has a stronger love for her lover as the poem is more spiritual and her idea of love is on a higher level - she does not refer to the
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His attitude becomes more intimate as he tells her how he could spend ages on each part of her body. 'An hundred years should go to praise Thines eyes, and on thy forehead gaze'. This evidently would have made his mistress have a different view of him as he is complimenting her. The poet uses numbers in this section as a distraction as he is taking her away from the popular theme of time destroying beauty which is a very different slant to the Carpe Diem theme. These type of poems often begin with a warning that beauty does not last forever e.g. Robert Herrick's To the Virgins to make much of time 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying'. Marvell however is using Time as a measure for her beauty. The effect is to make his mistress relax. She is being flattered and so will be more willing to listen to what he has to say.

Marvell gives a relaxed attitude to this section of the poem by using enjambment. 'We would sit down, and think which way

To walk, and pass our long Loves day'. He has a cosy style in the sense of his writing which is calm and steady like the flow of a broad river which
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