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Hour And To His Coy Mistress Essay

  • Submitted by: CWhite95
  • on March 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,070 words

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Compare how feelings towards another person are presented in “Hour” and   “To His Coy Mistress”

“Hour” by Carol Ann Duffy and “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvel, deal with feelings and emotions towards another person in different ways. In “Hour” the narrator describes an hour spent between her and her lover, and how the feeling of love they share between them is so strong it nearly manages to stop time. Whereas in “To His Coy Mistress” the narrator is telling the woman who he loves that she shouldn’t play hard to get because there isn’t enough time in the world. His feelings of physical passion grow throughout the poem as he tries to persuade her to have sex with him while they are still young and attractive.
Form and structure are used effectively in both poems to show feelings and emotions to their lovers. For example, both poems use rhyme effectively. In “Hour”, there is what seems like a regular ABAB rhyme scheme, with words such as “rich” and “ditch” rhyming, but in the second and third stanzas the “A” rhymes don’t tend to be half-rhyme “hair” with “here” and “hour” with “ear”. This could show the reader that their love carries on through hard times. Alternatively, it could mean that their love is so strong that it causes a change to the rhythm of the poem, as it conquers time. “To His Coy Mistress” is similar to this; it’s made up from rhyming couplets like “grow” and “slow” throughout the whole poem, which I think, is because the poem is meant to persuade his lover to sleep with him. The rhyming makes it sound witty and well-constructed; so the woman can understand it more easily and is more likely to want to sleep with him.   However, like “Hour”, it contains some half rhyme “lie” with “eternity” and “try” with “virginity”. This is found in the second premise which is aimed at being realistic- the poem starts off with “but”- and the truth is often hard to say so a breakdown of rhyme is appropriate here. Alternatively, it could show the reader that...

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