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Herrick vs Marvell To the Virgins to Make Much of Time by Rober Herrick and Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress have many similarities and differences The tone of the speakers the audience each poem is directed to and the theme make up some of the literary elements that help fit this description The tone of To the Virgins to Make Much of Time and To His Coy Mistress are different In Herricks poem his tone is relaxed For instance when he writes Gather ye rosebuds while ye may Old times is still a-flying his word choice has a very relaxed and casual tone His attitude reflects the relaxed tone in his poem In Marvells poem his tone is serious Marvells purpose is to persuade his mistress to have sex with him He tries to lure her in when saying Had we but World enough and Time He starts out very seriously in attempt to convince his mistress The relaxed tone of To the Virgins to Make Much of Time and serious tone of To His Coy Mistress point out the difference in the way the writers feel about their characters Both poems are directed to two different audiences In To the Virgins to Make Much of Time Herrick is speaking to all virgins He never addresses anybody personally In To His Coy Mistress Marvell is addressing his mistress personally He wrote the poem for his mistress to convince her to become intimate with him The difference makes a change because now Herricks poem affects the reader depending on if she is female since it refers to all virgins However Marvells poem does not since he is referring to one particular individual The them of To the Virgins to Make Much of Time and To His Coy Mistress is carpe diem The carpe diem them states life is brief so let us seize the day In To the Virgins to Make Much of Time Herrick
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