Essay on Comparison of To His Coy Mistress and The Ruined Maid

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Comparison of To His Coy Mistress and The Ruined Maid 'To His Coy Mistress' is written by Andrew Marvell in the 17th Century. Marvell was one of the so-called metaphysical poets - a term of mild literary abuse coined by Dr. Johnson. 'The Ruined Maid' was written by Thomas Hardy in 1866. It is important to analyse the theme, language, tone, characters and style of both poems in order to compare and contrast them. 'To His Coy Mistress' is a lyric of seduction. It is about a young man who tries to persuade a young girl to have sex with him. It seems that he has made an attempt but fails, because the girl is unwilling to yield her virginity. The poem is an example of a carpe diem poem - 'carpe diem' is Latin for 'seize the…show more content…
He reminds her that people will die and decay. Just like the paradox of time with his 'vegetable' love. Time means growth but also decay. There is a sort of sadness in this section. He tells her that when she gets old, her 'beauty' will fade, and then he will not chase her anymore. There is no point to keep her 'virginity' till death. The grave is an image of decomposition. No one will have fun in the grave and when people die, they will just return to 'dust' and 'ashes' - an echo of the funeral service, "Dust to dust, ashes to ashes." In the last section, he gives his solution and his conclusion. He is persuading her again to have sex with him eagerly - 'Now let us sport us while we may'. While they are still young, let's grab the time and do what we can before life decays. Here, it refers to 'carpe diem'- seize the day. This poem rhymes in couplets- 'time/ crime'; 'way/ nday'. There is lots of hyperbole in the poem. Marvell writes about the flood which refers to Noah's story belonging to Genesis in Bible. He talks about the' conversion' of Jews. The conversion of Jews to Christianity would occur just before the end of the world (time). These two religious references imply that his mistress could reject him for all of the time without damaging his love for her. There are metaphors in the poem. 'Vegetable love' - His love is like a vegetable, which

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