To his Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Flea by John Donne

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To his Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Flea by John Donne

Two of the poems in Best Words are seduction poems, rather than love poems. These are To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvell and The
Flea by John Donne. Compare these two poems by analysing: -

· Each poets intention

· Form of the poem

· Language used in the poem

· Your reaction to the unromantic poems.

‘Let me not to the marriage of true minders/Admit impediments, love is not love’, is one of many famous love sonnets written by William
Shakespeare. He had examined different parts of love and descried to explain them in a sonnet; where as other poets have written poems with different forms and structure on their points of views about relationships and
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This simply means that his mistress doesn’t like to get into nothing with her master. Where as in ‘The flea’, Donne only has one goal, which in this case is sex. He uses the flea because the flea has made them ‘almost married’ because of the exchange of blood. This is shown by ‘the flea sucked me and sucked you – blood mingled.’ It is evident that by using the flea and saying how the flea has married them, now gives Donne the power to follow out his intention, and become in control again of his mistress. Although in the poem’s their mistress soon relents, making the poet’s argument successful.

This balancing act of power has then been further complicated in
Donne’s ‘The flea’ where it is not simply a care of bedding his lady.
Donne is more apprehensive about his intellectual powers, when he says, ‘Cruel and sudden, hast thou since’. This quotation has revealed that Donne sees that his act of seduction being prefaced by a battle of wits. But his mistress reveals to him with her skills. As she argues back, ‘Find’st not thyself nor me the weaker now’. Despite this rally Donne tries to win the argument by saying, ‘Just so much honour, when thou yield’s to/ will waste, as this flea’s death took life from thee.’ Although both poets’ intention is the same to seduce their mistress, there is a subtle difference between the two poems. We know this because he says in, ‘To his coy mistress’, Marvell
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