Comparison Poetry Essay

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Poetry Essay Each one of the poems offers a unique view upon love. The first poem by Robert Herrick, "To the Virgins to make much of Time," focuses upon the idea of carpe diem. The poem stresses the idea of marriage while love and flesh are still young and believes this gift of virginity to be a great waste if not given while it is still desirable. Marvell also uses the carpe diem theme to his poem ‘To His Coy Mistress,’ however with three certain sections within the poem. The first part elaborates on the idea of unlimited time; this then evolves a ‘but’ into the poem that everything must come to end and death catches up upon us. Then in the last third of the poem the word ‘therefore’ comes into play as the poet says that we should enjoy…show more content…
Herrick tries to scare the reader into marriage, he does not with for them to be without protection but the carpe diem theme also suggests that they must go and seize the day, while they are still in prime and youth, so they are not wasted. This is summed up in the fourth and last stanza of the poem ‘for having lost but once your prime, / you may for ever tarry’. Marvell also uses the carpe diem theme to his poem ‘To His Coy Mistress,’ however with three certain sections within the poem. The first part elaborates on the idea of unlimited time; this then evolves a ‘but’ into the poem that everything must come to end and death catches up upon us. Then in the last third of the poem the word ‘therefore’ comes into play as the poet says that we should enjoy the time we now have with one another. The main point of the poem is for Marvell to persuade his coy mistress ‘to sport’ (now let us sport us why we may) and at first glance appears to use conventional methods to get his time of pleasure. The ‘Coy Mistress’ within the title may imply a complicated relationship with coy meaning a shy, quiet reserved person, not the sort of person that one would imagine ‘to sport’. Also the word mistress derives from the word ‘master’ and gives a sense of authority. During the first stanza of Marvell’s poem he tries to persuade his mistress, praising her using conventional ways ‘to walk and pass our love’s long day’. Marvell explains that they will live and love one another
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