To his Coy Mistress
Compare the ways the poets use language to present relationships in, “To his Coy Mistress” and one other poem in the relationship cluster. In the poem I have chosen to compare “In Paris with you ” to “To his coy mistress”, in comparison to each other both poems have many similarities but the differences are shown in how the use the structure, language and theme to create different effects on the reader.
To show the poems are about relationships the writer has written in first person which is the perspective of one of the people in the relationship talking about the other person. In both of the poems the theme being portrayed is ‘Love’ in, ‘In Paris with you’ this is shown throughout the language Fenton uses “Don’t talk to me of love” in this poem to show the theme of love Fenton just repeats the word love in the context, this acts as a reminder to the reader to constantly tell us it’s about love this particular quote says the he or she has heard of love too many times.
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“In To his coy mistress” Marvel shows the theme of love by also using the word in the context “Nor would I love at a lower rate” looking upon both quotes used its shows the reader and I that the poems have two different attitudes towards love, James Fenton is more abrupt towards love because the poem is about going to Paris not to fall in love but to have fun and just have sex, using them as a rebound “resentful mess I’ve been through” to get over a past lover whereas Marvell is showing the positive sides to love and that he cares about it more.
In Addition to this In Paris with you shows repetition “don’t talk to me of love” showing resentment to taking part in any romantic activities “say sod off to sodding Notre Dame” supporting our point in Fenton’s abrupt view, there is no repetition in “to his coy mistress” and they writer does take interest in romantic activities ” Thou by the Indian Ganges side shouldest’ find rubies” in comparison to in Paris with you Andrew Marvell presents the person as a hopeless romantic.
In “To his Coy Mistress” it shows the man saying that there isn’t a lot of time to show their love for each other as time is swallowing up there moments together, this is shown by beautiful and elegant language; however the point that he wants to make is quite the opposite, “Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”. This is Greek mythology-every ti me the new day started, it was brought in by a winged chariot, so this represents time and how it presents relationship. The relationship in this poem is rushed by time, which makes it seem less romantic and it almost presents the man in a negative way as all he wants is to get into bed with her.
On the other hand this could be looked upon as being ambiguous and could perhaps be interpreted as the speaker is seen as positive because if the speaker could the speaker would look after the recipient do anything with the person the speaker is talking about and adore the body, “Two hundred to adore each breast; But thirty thousand for the rest”. This shows the love and compassion that the speaker has for the one they are talking about. This is also shown in the strong and imaginative vocabulary that is used, for example “And now, like amorous birds of prey”, this shows passionate and powerful imagery towards their relationship.
In “To his Coy Mistress” it excessively goes on about how time is an issue in the relationship, implying time is has hatred towards love and relationships; however in the poem “In Paris with you” it seems that they have all the time in the world to get to know each other, for instance, “learning who you are, Learning what I am”. This implies that they have a lot of learning time, to get to know each other. It seems to me that it shows that they don’t know where the relationship is going; they just live in the moment, time is not a virtue.
This is backed up later in the poem by when it says “There’s a crack in the wall” this implies that there is time to waste as he notices it and doesn’t realise about the wasting time. This is ambiguous because it could perhaps be interpreted as there are conscious thoughts about the time as the speaker says “do you mind if we do not go to the Louvre”, this shows that they don’t have a lot of time and just want to stay in the hotel. This is similar to “His Coy Mistress” in the way that the speaker wants to not do anything except spend time alone as they don’t have enough time