Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's A Valedictorian: Forbidding Mourning

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Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress and John Donne's A Valedictorian: Forbidding Mourning

One may define poetry as imaginative and creative writing which uses elements like rhyme, meter, and imagery to express personal thoughts, feelings, or ideas. Certain subjects recur frequently in poetry such as carpe diem, nature, death, and family.
Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" and John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbiddmg Mourning," focus on the prevalent topic of love. Although both poems emphasize the importance and meaning of love, the tone of each poem reveals differences with regard to the conception and magnitude of the love; the diction shows contrasting ways in which each poet incorporates love into the overall theme while
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He uses feelings and images of death to emphasize the lack of time on earth and to coerce his mistress into fulfilling his sexual desires before that time runs out. The tone of the final stanza reveals the speaker's feelings of hopelessness and longing for sexual enjoyment; he almost appears desperate. After grimly describing the reality of death, the speaker attempts to, once again, conceal his true emotions with the use of flattery.

Unlike the poem "To His Coy Mistress" where love only refers to outward appearance, in "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" the speaker also recognizes the spiritual and emotional aspects of love. The speaker seems much more reasonable and understandable with respect to the meaning of love. Although melancholic, the tone in the first three stanzas shows the rationality of the speaker as he implores his love to, ".. .make no noise,/No tear floods. .." (5-6) during their period of short separation. He simply asks her not to profane her love with this type of reaction but to prove her love by acting the way "virtuous men" (1) do upon their deaths; he does not feel that she should lament over uncontrollable circumstances. Although the speaker must depart and his physical love must temporarily dissipate, his spiritual and emotional love endures. Not only does the tone confirm the speaker's rationality but his sincerity as well. In stanzas four and five, the speaker comments that their love has so much more potential than "dull sublunary
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