Compare and Contrast the Attitudes and Values of the Two Speakers of the Poems and How the Poets Have Used Language to Convey These Between 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning

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Compare and contrast the attitudes and values of the two speakers of the poems and how the poets have used language to convey these between “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvel and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning Both the poems have the theme of love, written from a man’s point of view, and explores the way men treat woman in relationships. The former does this by a male narrator writing a poem to a female, using imagery to entice her. The latter by using a duke, explaining the story of what happened to his previous wife whilst looking at her picture. Both the poems use imagery and other poetic devices but in different ways. The first uses them more often to impress her. The second uses them in a…show more content…
This shows he knows how to write a love poem and he again he has all the right techniques for persuading a person. The second poem does also use imagery, however in a different way and for a different purpose. The narrator is describing the duchess to the emissary “That’s my last duchess painted on the wall”. This shows he is only describing the painting but as he is using the imagery he describes what she was like and how she made him angry. However as he describes her it makes her seem like she is just an object, which she was to him. This is his view of woman, that they belong to a man which was very common belief at that time. From the poetic devices used their attitudes are different because in the first he shows his sensitive side and tries to put a bit of romance into it. However the imagery in the second goes against him as he believes that she was his object and belonged to him. In both poems there is the recurrent theme of irony. In “To His Coy Mistress” the poem’s entire first section is ironic in the sense that the speaker knows he isn’t being genuine. The speaker uses words to his advantage and we can take little of what he says to be truthful. In Line 1, “Had we but world enough, and time”. The first section of the poem is a series of hyperbolic statements meant to impress and flatter the reader but the

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