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Attitudes Toward Women Many poems have been written about the lives of woman and struggle of love they went through Two of them are To His Coy Mistress written by Andrew Marvell and Robert Brownings My Last Duchess There are some similarities as well as differences in their attitude toward women To His Coy Mistress values women and their love they give while My Last Duchess totally degrades the role of women in society To His Coy Mistress is an invitation to love while My Last Duchess degrades them In Marvells poem he expresses his love by saying Lady you deserve this state Nor would I love at lower rate Lines 19-20 This shows that he do and give anything for her love He explains that she deserves much more than she is given even though she is coy and his love for her would always be there Browning on the other hand says his mistress has A heartto soon made glad too easily impressed she liked wateer she looked on Lines 22-24 My Here he disrespects the feelings of a woman saying that it doesnt matter what they get from their lovers because they will like anything that is given to them saying there all materialistic The speaker in To His Coy Mistress is speaking to his love while the speaker in My Last Duchess is speaking to another male Andrew Marvell tells his love I would Love you ten years before the Flood Lines 7-8 This tells the reader on how long he will love her Browning tells the man whom he is speaking with that His fair daughters selfis my object Nay well go together down sir Lines 52-53 He says it as if he owns the women by his use of the word my He also calls her an object and tells the man that they will never be put down meaning men in the same level as women
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