Poetry Comparison On The Flea And To His Coy Mistress
Poetry Comparison on The Flea and To His Coy Mistress
I would firstly like to begin on 'The Flea'.
This poem is about a man that is trying to persuade a woman to have
sex with him, by symbolically using a flea. The content of the poem is
very much the same throughout the whole of the poem.
In the first stanza, the poet is basically talking about how the flea
represents their coming together and in the last two stanza's the poet
tries to then persuade the woman to have sex by using different
tactic's like guilt etc. To the end of the second stanza the woman
whom is being seduced, kills the flea and is clearly stating that she
will not go to bed with the poet. Following this he tries to tell her
that it is cruel and unjust and a sin against God, and what she has
done is wrong and there is also nothing wrong with sex before
The poem is set in the 17th century and I think the poet feels very
strongly about what he is saying, and takes it very seriously. I also
think that the poem works very well with its comparison to the flea,
and I think that the author has been very clever in what he has said.
Secondly, I would like to talk about 'To his Coy Mistress'. This poem
is very much the same as 'The Flea' and has many similarities. Again
the poem is based upon a man trying to get a woman to go to bed with
him, and is too set in the 17th century.
The poem is split into three stanzas and each of them differs from the
next, although still trying to get across the same message. In the
first verse the poet is trying to flatter the woman by using
complimentary language and words such as, "a hundred years should go
to praise, thine eyes, and on they forehead gaze". He also uses the
'if only' argument, to try and make the idea of sex before marriage
In the second stanza, the poet tries to scare the woman, by saying
that her beauty won't always last and that time is of the essence,
using such phrases as, "thy beauty shall no more be found".
By the third stanza he is again persuading her by saying that they
should hurry up and have sex before it is too late and that the life
will not last forever and that she should not waste her beauty or
virginity to her grave.
The language throughout the whole of the poem is very extravagant and
exaggerated. I also think that this poet has been very cunning and
clever in the language he uses, the way he uses it and also the way he
has set out his arguments.
Lastly, I would like to write about 'Rapunzstiltskin'. This poem is
very much more modernised in terms of writing style and language, it
is also set in modern day although it tries to represent the story as
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Ever since the beginning of time, love has played an enormous role among humans. Everyone feels a need to love and to be loved. Some attempt to fill this yearning with activities and possessions that will not satisfy – with activities in which they should not participate and possessions they should not own. In Andrew Marvell’s poem, “To His Coy Mistress,” the speaker encounters an emotion some would call love but fits better under the designation of lust for a woman. In contrast, the speaker of Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” urges virgins to marry, to make a lasting commitment in which love plays a…show more content…
While the lustful lover of Marvell’s poem also bases his “love” on physical beauty, the speaker in Herrick’s poem neither condones nor condemns this societal standard, but simply acknowledges its existence. Because he realizes beauty plays a huge role in society’s standards for marriage, he urges the virgins he addresses to “go marry” (14). He explains that they “may for ever tarry” if they do not marry “when youth and blood are warmer” and they are in their “prime” (16,10,15). After all, who wants to marry some gnarly old woman?
The speaker in Herrick’s poem makes a reasonable request, urging virgins to marry. On the contrary, the infatuated boyfriend in Marvell’s poem makes an unreasonable request, even for today. In essence, the speaker of Marvell’s poem asks his girlfriend to lie with him. Even if God deemed fornication an acceptable practice, the speaker shows no true love for his girlfriend. The Bible explains, “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). The speaker shows absolutely no patience and looks out only for himself, clearly indicating he has no love, as 1 Corinthians describes it. Jesus