My choice for these two literary works are based on the titles, the era in which they were written, and an interest in their viewpoint. His often comical poems contain intricate dual meanings and his religious divine poetry is convincing and beautiful. Who do you think would be more successful with his poem? Marvell was a committed Parliamentarian. Questions To Ask - To His Coy Mistress 1. Generally, it is that love poetry is sentimental and flattering.
It comes across as a private meditation, giving a persuasive argument to his mistress, relating to the passage of time and the fading of earthly joys. She has been encouraging his advances to a certain point, but then when he gets too close, she backs off, and resists those same advances. Something can be won back from time, but it has to be seized by sheer will power. In To His Coy Mistress Marvell uses a very exaggerated tone of language where it uses extravagant verbs and metaphors to put across his ideas. The paradox of the poem is an unexpected comparison between sex, religious and legal terms. Now, by contrasting the alternative to love caught in time, Marvell demonifies time to be a tyrant, slowly killing us all. The Theme of Romantic Love in To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy For this assignment, I have chosen to analyse two contrasting poems.
Other poets -- and their poems -- often placed within this school are also available via this website. He therefore constructs an erotic blazon only to assert its futility. To His Coy Mistress - Influences Mortality and desire were popular themes with poets in the 17th century. In this poem, though, the speaker only uses these devices to suggest that distancing himself from his lover is mindless, because they do not have the limitless time necessary for the speaker to praise the Lady sufficiently. In the last stanza, the speaker urges the woman to requite his efforts, and argues that in loving one another with passion they will both make the most of the brief time they have to live. In the third stanza we learn that she has killed the flea and gone against everything he has said. Time is not important to the plant.
Historical Background Most critics have considered the poem as a traditional carpe diem love poetry, however some critics believe otherwise: they see it as an ironic remark on sexual seduction, and the light-hearted mood helps to support this view. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison, which he is currently serving. On the one hand, Marvell was clearly reflecting on the political drama of his time, from the English Civil Wars and 's beheading to the appointment of as Lord Protectorate of England and his promise for a new Republican government in England. English poets like John Donne and George Herbert were early experimenters with this technique, while is famous for his later variations on the metaphysical theme. This is a very strong statement which, when said, has to get someone's attention; and that is exactly what Andrew Marvell intends for the reader in this poem. Return to the poem and ask students to consider the following questions. My vegetable love should grow Vaster than empires, and more slow; A hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze; Two hundred to adore each breast, But thirty thousand to the rest; An age at least to every part, And the last age should show your heart.
The emphasis is on the physical - skin, sport, roll and tear - the language being tinged with aggression and forceful energy. The fragile representation of the flea could also represent the fragile argument of sex and symbolises that it is unimportant. It is true that love is beautiful. Look at words that suggest wealth or preciousness. Time as the Enemy: Time is personified throughout the poem as a villain who seeks to send the speaker and his mistress to the grave.
Conclusion The poem appeals to logic and emotion for its overall effect. The speaker's tone starts to alter, becoming more serious. Marble vault - isn't it obvious? It as well raises suspicion of and deludes the reader with its inappropriate and jarring. If she did choose to remain a virgin, the speaker would have time to sit by the River Humber and sing songs about unrequited love. This allusion is one of the several techniques Marvell uses to turn the focus away from impending death to an ideal world without it.
And he could bide his time admiring her physical beauty - her eyes, forehead, breasts and other parts. In the second stanza, he laments how short human life is. What is the effect of placing 'I think' in the couplet ll. Tone and Imagery As students come back from their individual or group reading, begin this activity by reading the entire poem aloud again or ask students to read a stanza aloud. He declares his love in fantastic, larger-than-life terms in the first twenty lines, because he is describing an admittedly unreal situation: his love would grow to span continents and stretch from the beginning of time to the end, he tells her, if only it could. How do lines 21-22 work to snap the speaker and his lady out of their reverie of having all of the time in the world? Certain subjects recur frequently in poetry such as carpe diem, nature, death, and family. And if for some reason he cannot manage to break the glass, a passerby will because they will notice ho … w amazingly badass he is and want to set him free.
He started out doing Christian rap, but felt that he was outcast from the rest of the rap community for it, so he switched and created Dope House Records with his brother and a friend in 1995. In 'To His Coy Mistress', Marvell uses a cleverly structured argument called 'syllogism' to persuade his lover to 'seize the day' and make love before their passion fades. Time becomes a metaphor for love but is little more than a limitless resource. Most metaphysical poets were seldom known in their day as metaphysical poets, did not form the same sort of cohesive movement as the Romantics did in the late 18th century, and were generally considered to be too finicky in their expression. Other modern astronomers and scientists, such as Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, further popularized these ideas. The narrator's use of such metaphors to depict a realistic and harsh death that awaits the lovers seems to be a way of shocking the lady into submission. The Ganges River - long, everlasting.
Live for the Moment: The concept of carpe diem runs throughout the poem, and the speaker's arguments towards his beloved reflect this. It is much more argumentative. It is an extended metaphor that uses a series of comparisons and associations to create a highly ornate poetic image. Download and print out documents you will use and duplicate copies as necessary for student viewing. Some modern versions available online show 3 distinct stanzas but the original is indeed one stanza with indented lines at 21 and 33. The man begins to tell her that she will be old and? Alliteration brings texture and altered phonics to the line and challenges the reader.