Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Term Paper

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  • Subject: Literature
  • Type: Term Paper
  • Paper: #62590508
  • Related Topics: Ts Eliot, Love, Poetry

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This darkness is the poem is the suggestion of death, which Eliot's character contemplates throughout the poem. In fact, the last lines of the poem refer to death. Eliot writes, "We have lingered in the chambers of the sea / By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown / Till human voices wake us, and we drown" (Eliot). Eliot's character knows his life is ending, and love and courtship are far behind him. Marvell's character also contemplates death. Marvell writes, "Time's winged chariot hurrying near; / And yonder all before us lie / Deserts of vast eternity. / Thy beauty shall no more be found, / Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound / My echoing song: then worms shall try / That long preserved 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" (Marvell). However, his idea of death seems removed and far away, while Eliot's is much closer and far more real. Both men realize their own mortality and know they will not live forever, but they approach it differently. Marvell uses it, as a younger man would, to try to get his mistress into bed, while Eliot uses it as a means to look back on a life and the loves of that life. The poems actually contain similar messages, but they convey those messages in very different ways.

Reading these two poems together is helpful because they show that different poets can handle the same
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theme in very different ways. Love seems like a universal theme in poetry, music, and literature. No one has the same experiences in love as another person, and so, every person's outlook and thoughts will be special, and these two poems creatively illustrate that. This helps the reader understand the many tones of poetry and literature. It also shows how no two authors could ever write about exactly the same thing in exactly the same way. People are unique, and so is how they present their material to the world. It also shows that love and courtship are universal issues that men face throughout time. No matter what happens, men and women will fall in love and write about their experiences, and these poems show that while the experiences and ideas may be different, the topic will always endure.

In conclusion, both of these works discuss men and their love for women. They show how courtship was quite formal and even innocent in earlier times, and they show that love and courtship have always been important parts of culture and society. However, they discuss love and courtship in very different ways, and so they leave the reader with very different experiences. Eliot's poem is dark and mysterious and a little depressing, while Marvell's poem gives more hope and more romance to the reader. They are both important poems and comparing them shows just how two poets can take the same theme and vary it tremendously.


Eliot, T.S. "The Love…

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Eliot, T.S. "The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock." 2005. 8 Aug. 2003.

Marvell, Andrew. "To His Coy Mistress." 2005. 8 Aug. 2003

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