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Sex in Poetry Although Marvells To His Coy Mistress and Marlowes The Passionate Shepherd to His Love share many similarities and differences both men have one basic purpose for their poems to talk the women into being their loves using promises of beautiful and mostly unattainable things Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress is one of the eras most famous expressions of the carpe diem motif The speaker attempts to persuade his mistress into having sex with him The speaker seems very frustrated impatient and presents a sense of urgency in pursuing this goal Marvell hints towards this eagerness as he talks about time being devoured when he says Now let us sport us while we may And now like amorous birds of prey Rather at once our time devour Than languish in his slow-chapped powerLines 38-40 When analyzed carefully the poem can be broken into three sections each with a different meaning The first section refers to his extreme commitment to her while the second focuses more on lust and the loss of it with death and the final section concentrates on intercourse itself The speaker tries to win over the mistress using verbal skills He does this hoping that she will accept the relationship on his terms In Christopher Marlowes The Passionate Shepherd to His Love the speaker uses nature to describe his feelings for a nymph and how he will create a happy life for her In the opening lines of the poem the speaker ask the nymph to Come live with me and be my loveline 1 This begins the poem on a more serious note The speaker loves this woman and wants to spend is life with her He then proceeds to bribe the girl with the finest gifts The shepherd says he shall dance and sing For thy delight each May morningLines 1-2 which is an example of how happy he would
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