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Compare and Contrast A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell The contrast between A Valediction Forbidding Mourning and To His Coy Mistress are quite similar The structure of the poem is very similar because they both rhyme but Donnes poem have different stanzas Marvells is one long poem with three sections to it Their rhyme scheme is different Donnes is A B A B Whereas Marvells is AA BB These poems are addressed in different ways Donnes is addressed to show the parallel between a positive way to meet death and a positive way to separate from a lover When a virtuous man dies he whispers for his soul to go while others await his parting Such a man sets an example for lovers The separation of the soul from the body and the separation of lovers are not ending but the beginning of a new cycle The poem ends with the image of a circle the symbol of perfection representing the union of souls in a relationship Marvells poem is addressed to his mistress mistresses were very common around that period Marvells conception of time is ever changing in To His Coy Mistress but this is only to be expected in a poem that seeks to convince by constructing an ideal and proceeding to demonstrate its nature The word But in the second stanza Marvell presents an idyllic view of lovers engaged in a slow waltz that stretches on for centuries In this ritual Marvell feels he can do justice to his mistress who deserve this state Things become a little more complex in the next line Nor would I love at lower rate Marvell has been patiently dancing around his mistress praising her every aspect with a devotion that approaches what one offer to the divine In the mood Donne is trying to accept that he is
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