Compare and Contrast 'to His Coy Mistress' and 'Passionate Shepherd to His Love'

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‘To His Coy Mistress’ Is a love poem by Andrew Marvel. The poem is ‘carpe diem’ which translates to seize the day, this means the poem does not take its time its blunt and straight to the point. The poem contains a thesis, antithesis and synthesis, the main argument points of the poem. The poem is split into three stanza’s which are used to persuade the woman to give up her virginity before her beauty dies. It is a conventional poem for its time in the 17th century.

In the first stanza Marvel introduces his mistress as the receiver of this poem. The first stanza is his thesis, the beginning of his argument. In this stanza Marvel tells his mistress what they could do if they had all the time in the world. He says if they had enough time
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In this stanza Marvel uses horrible imagery to scare his mistress. He tells her of a depressing future without him where she may not make love, “deserts of vast eternity” her virginity will mean nothing after she has died so she may as well give it to him he’s saying here.

Marvel suggests she’s wealthy by using the term “marble vault” which is an expensive way of burying someone. He tells her wealth will mean nothing in the after life and the only creatures taking her virginity will be worms “ then worms shall try that long preserved virginity” Here he uses disgusting imagery as another form of blackmail. The word “quaint” in this stanza shows he thinks she’s playing hard to get and they should just do it now.

The pace has significantly quickened in this second stanza, marvel is doing this to emphasize time and how short it is and how long and boring death will be.

The last part of Marvel’s argument is his synthesis. In this third stanza Marvel attempts to solve the problem of his mistress’ shyness. Notice how in the firs stanzas he used the term “I” but now he uses the term “we” to describe their relationship. He tells how youth quickly goes “sits on thy skin like morning dew” therefore they should act quickly while they still hold the beauty of youth.

He tells how they should get together no to bet time and give in to desire. The poet uses the term “iron gates” for her virginity, he finishes with a clever play on

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