Love in John Donne's A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning and Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress

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Love in John Donne's A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning and Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress" both talk about love but has different views about it, one talks about physical love and the other talks about spiritual love. John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" compared love to a circle while Andrew Marvel's "To His Coy Mistress" compared love to a straight line. Both poems are act of persuasions. "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" is persuading the reader that true love is eternal while "To His Coy Mistress" the speaker is persuading the mistress to make passionate sex with him. Therefore, with all of these similarities and…show more content…
Life is viewed as linear where there's a beginning and there's an end. "To His Coy Mistress" is about an act of persuasion of a man who has a raging and lustful desire to consummate his love to his coy mistress. Marvell was born in Yorkshire and although he was not a Puritan himself, he supported the Puritan's cause during the civil war (1142). His Puritan belief may not have influenced his poem. He wrote the poem when he was 60 years of age, same age Donne wrote his "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning." Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" in terms of structure has a sense of continuity, which resembles a circle. The poem consists of nine stanzas of four lines or quatrains. Every second line of the poem is indented as if it's a weave of a basket. It has a continuous alternating pattern similar to the weavings of a basket symbolizing continuity as if it's a continuous cycle, which remind you of a circle. Moreover, Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" started and ended the poem with death, again as if it's a continuous cycle emulating a drawing of a circle. When you draw a circle, you start and end at the same point. Donne depicts this idea of a circle by starting and ending the poem with the same point. He pointed out that when we die we continue on and so our true love. On the other hand, the structure of Marvell's To His Coy Mistress" depicts a straight line where there's a beginning, a middle, and an end. The
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