Comparing To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare
I am comparing 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell (1640) and
'Sonnet 138' by William Shakespeare (1590). The similarities between
both poems are that they both use a certain amount of syllables
throughout each poem. 'To His Coy Mistress' uses 8 syllables per line,
and 'Sonnet 138' uses 10 syllables per line. Another obvious
similarity is that they both end with a couplet. They both also tell a
story. The differences in the poems are that 'To His Coy Mistress' is
arguing why they should get on with life, and Carpe diem whereas
'Sonnet 138' is telling us about how ...view middle of the document...
I would spend all my life giving you everything you deserve
and you could be in one place and me in another, but it wouldn't
matter as time will never run out and we will always be in love.
Marvell then goes on to say that he would have loved her before God
sent the flood and that she could refuse him forever if that was what
'And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews'
This quote shows that she could say no to him for as long as she
wanted, even until all the Jews were converted to be a Roman Catholic.
At the time this seemed very unlikely, as Jews were being persecuted
for their beliefs and refused to change their religion. Marvell then
tells his lady that his love for her would grow and grow without ever
'My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow'
In this line 'My vegetable love' is a double entendre, because he is
talking about himself but he is also saying that their love would
develop naturally and grow to be bigger than the empire, but, it would
be taken nice and slowly. In the next few lines he starts to praise
her body by starting at the top. He praises her eyes and her forehead,
as it was considered beautiful if you had a white forehead. If you did
have a white forehead it showed that you didn't have to go out to the
fields working. He says that to her head he gives one hundred years of
praise and two hundred years to adore each of her breasts.
'An age at least to every part
And the last age should show your heart'
This shows that he wants to spend time loving her and then finally she
would say she loved him as she could admit what her heart really
wanted by saying she loved him so that they could finally be together
as she was sure he was what her heart wanted. The last couplet in this
stage of the poem is:
'For lady you deserve this state;
Nor would I love at any lower rate'
This suggests that he would spend all these hundreds of years
flattering her if only they had the time to do it. The tone of voice
in this section is flattering her and always trying to impress her. He
never speaks negatively in this paragraph and makers her feel wanted
The second part of the poem is aimed to frighten her into going to bed
with him. This part of the story is telling her that we don't have all
the time in the world and I can't spend all this time flattering you
and loving because time will run out on us, and we will die too soon.
The first two lines of this stage gets straight to the point after he
has spent all the time flattering and praising her.
'But at my back I always hear
Times winged chariot hurrying near'
This line is...