Analysis Of To One Persuading A Lady To Marriage

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Katherine Philips is rather straightforward about the points that she wants to make in her poem, “To One Persuading a Lady to Marriage”. The first stanza starts out speaking to the youth, and telling them that what may seem like a simple courtship to them may be seen as sacrilegious to a lady. This lady is seen as somewhat of a goddess in her community. In other words, she has a lot to lose by getting married. Therefore, It would be a shame for her to lower herself to that of a “petty household god”(Line 8). The second stanza speaks of the sun whose beams should be shining in private. This is so that it can compliment the girls beams “which are/ more bright and large”(15-16). Throughout the poem Philips is quite obviously making a point …show more content…
This could be to place emphasis on her two different thoughts or points. The first stanza focuses on her point that women shouldn’t marry and fall under man’s control, because they’re capable of more. While the second stanza of the poem focuses on why women shouldn’t marry. The speaker believes women have a better purpose than to just follow a man’s every order. “[H]er beams which are/ more bright and large than his” is the perfect example of how Katherine views all women(15-16). Giada Cacciavilni mentions that women are “difficult to shut in a cage and control”, supporting the idea that Philips’ second stanza is about women’s strength to rise up and be strong independent women. Katherine Philips’ poem has a steady rhyme scheme where every other line rhymes. Every even numbered line has four beats, while every odd numbered line has three beats, this continues throughout both stanzas. This steadiness of rhyme and rhythm could be to emphasize her steady, never failing beliefs about feminism. Not only did Philip’s words in her lyrical poems express her beliefs, but her poems organization did as …show more content…
“To One Persuading a Lady to Marriage” starts out with alliteration in the first line, the words “Heaven” and “here” create an alliteration; this could be to place emphasis on the fact that youth is a magical time, and people shouldn’t waste it by getting married because it is here and now, and it will fade quick (1). This poem has many occurrences of enjambment. Our first occurrence is in the first stanza where it says, “[a]nd what you do aver/ To others courtship may appear”, this enjambment helps the poem flow. Possibly to place focus on the fact that your actions have consequences. What they do may seem like a simple courtship, but to the lady it is sacrilegious. The second enjambment occurs in the first stanza as well when the speaker asks, “[a]nd were’t not very odd/ she should dispose herself to be/ A petty household god?” (6-8). Our third enjambment is found in the first and second lines of our second stanza. “First make the sun in private shine/ And bid the world adieu”(9,10). We have two final enjambments, “That so he may his beams confine/ In compliment to you”(11,12). Our last one concludes the poem, “[t]hink how you did amiss/ To strive to fix her beams which are/ More bright and large than his”(14-16). There is a possibility that the poem is stocked full of enjambments in order to show the poets continuing, beliefs. There is also a case of

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