Love in To His Coy Mistress and Remember Essay

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Love in To His Coy Mistress and Remember On first outlook it would that To His Coy Mistress and Remember both share the topic of love. They seem to be of direct relevance to each other, whereas upon closer inspection, To His Coy Mistress does not attempt to express any emotion at all. Instead, THCM is ultimately physical and portrays a man’s desperation and lust, The persona of THCM has written this poem as a persuasion technique, with the addressee being his current girlfriend while the speaker from Remember appears to be leaving a message to her soul-mate. The two poems both mention a lot about time, although in different tenses. THCM makes an abundance of references of the present tense such…show more content…
The persona almost makes it seem like she is going somewhere on holiday. Other examples of euphemisms in Remember are “When you can no more hold me by the hand” meaning the physical bond will be severed, and “It will be late then to counsel or to pray” meaning she will be dead soon and the addressee won’t be able to pray for her.. In contrast THCM is very graphic and tries to fill the readers mind with violent and gruesome images. Some examples of this are “Then worms shall try that long preserved virginity”, “The grave’s a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace”, “Tear our pleasures with rough strife”. Both poems contain a lot of metaphorical content, but again the alignment differs. In Remember the speaker uses metaphorical devices to soften the message that she is bringing across (“Gone far away into the silent land”) whereas in THCM the speaker uses metaphors to try and hide his sarcasm and infidelity (“Thy beauty shall no more be found; Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound My echoing song”). Both poems share a small part of irony. In Remember the persona is almost commanding the addressee to remember her, but then saying it’s alright if he forgets. The other contradiction of this poem is that she says it’s alright if he forgets her, but by writing a poem, she immortalised her existence. On the other had, THCM starts the adversative section 2 with the
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