Love and Time (Song/Poem Comparison) Essay

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Love and Time
The song Live Forever by Sequoyah Prep School and the poem To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell both talk about love. More specifically, they deal with love and its relationship to time. They show how important it is to let love grow over time, instead of rushing it for sex. It is almost like a garden, and it has to be well kept.

The concept of love versus sex is very prevalent. It is obvious from the first line that the singer is more intent on love. He speaks about doing everything the same. He says that if he could relive life with his significant other, he would. It is somewhat easy to tell the singer and his significant other have already had sex and are no longer obsessed with it. He simply wishes to be with his
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An 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.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
Then he abruptly starts the next stanza “But at my back I always hear/Time's winged chariot hurrying near” (21-22). After this point, the poem contrasts greatly with the song. Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserv'd virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.
These lines sound disgusting, speaking of worms crawling through the girl’s corpse, defiling whatever virginity she had saved. Although to the poem is meant to seem more or less like a request, it really appears more like a demand. And mandate that is running out of time.
Time is another prevalent topic in both the poem and the song. The singer speaks of forever in a good way. He says that he wants to spend forever just being together. To contrast this, the poet speaks of time as the enemy. He is trying to outrun time. He says “Time’s winged chariot hurrying near” (22). Time here is referring to Death, or the Grim Reaper, etc. He is trying to get in the girl’s bed before Death climbs into his. Basically, his ultimatum is to have sex before he expires, or before

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