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Comparing 'Hour' and 'To His Coy Mistress'

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louisa swallow

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of Comparing 'Hour' and 'To His Coy Mistress'

'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell 'Hour' by Carol Ann Duffy Firstly Carol Ann Duffy explores the idea of love in an indirect manor through metaphors. She is suttle and caring when expressing her love and this gives the impression the reader is a female. However Andrew Marvell talks more about a sexual and intermate type of love. We know this as he comes straight out with it talking in graffic terms about sex. Comparison Andrew see's time as a burdan as he wants to make the most of the woman while she is young and keen. We know that he is impatient with time as he says 'Stand still, yet we make him run'. This quote suggests they cannot stop time so instead they are going to make the most of it while they are young. On the other hand Carol uses time to her advantage as a way of allowing her and her partners love grow stronger for each other. We know she that looks at love in a positive way when she says 'the whole of the summer and a grass ditch'. The word summer implies youth, so we get the impression Carol wants to spend the whole of their youth together making love. Time In 'To His Coy Mistress' the tone is aggressive. It is slightly humorous but very masculine and in your face.
In 'Hour' the tone is sweet and caring. Carol has written in the style of a typical love poem. Tone Hour- In the second stanza there are a lot of 'N' and 'D' sounds which slows the pace of the reader and symbolizes how she is trying to prolong time. Such as saying 'thousands of seconds' instead of 17 minutes. Assonance The End
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