The Sun Rising by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

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The Sun Rising by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

John Donne and Andrew Marvell were two of the most outstanding of the English Metaphysical poets of their era. In both of the poems to which this piece of extended writing refers, highly intellectual and complex imagery is used to make us discover the hidden meanings behind their unconventional love poetry. Both poems were written at a similar period, and though both authors were similar in ways, there are also points of diversity.

John Donne was a renowned clergyman, loved and respected greatly for his ingenious fusion of wit and humour he injected into both his sermons and his poetry. Donne's work was widely published during
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I believe that the most successful poem of, 'The Sun Rising and 'To His Coy Mistress' is the latter. Both of the poems are written aiming to flatter their lover but for different reasons. In this essay I hope to give you an insight as to why I believe this claim to be true.

'To His Coy Mistress' was written with the aim of praising the woman addressed in this poem as, 'Lady,' and then gently persuading her through flattery to go to bed with him. This intense mixture of love and lust draws us in. Marvell is frequently described as a Metaphysical poet and while this is unquestionably true, he also takes elements from other types of poetry such as cavalier. In 'A critical history of English Literature,' David Daiches says, 'His best poetry combines true metaphysical wit with perfect classical grace and poise to a greater degree than any other poet of the century…[He] stood alone, creating his own synthesis out of the clashing elements around him.' This describes the mood and perfection taken with his work in all circumstances. The poem is written with intent and this shows in the structure of the poem. The rhyming couplet form carries on throughout the poem giving it a flowing feeling. It seems to persuade us to read on although the subject is quite complex and challenging to comprehend.

'The Sun Rising,' is written to the sun trying to persuade him to stop coming through
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