Comparison Between Thcm and Sonnet 116

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There are lots of points of comparison between 'Sonnet 116' by William Shakespeare and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell for example, though To His Coy Mistress talks about love being a fleeting experience it is three times the length of Sonnet 116, this draws contrast between the two poems. By defying your expectation that the structure would reflect the nature of love, it instead highlights it. Sonnet 116 talks about love as an abstract concept and presents the idea that love in invaluable "Whose worth's unknown" whereas To His Coy Mistress presents the idea that beauty and through that love fades with age, ‘Thy beauty shall no more be found,/ Nor, in thy marble vault’ this shows that although they were writing at very similar times they both had quite different ideas about love. Both poets are writing metaphysical conceits and the ideas that they present aren’t for a specific person, shown by Marvell writing; ‘His Coy Mistress,’ and Shakespeare by writing as an abstract thought. Although both poets are writing purely for entertainment, I take the ideas that they present as their own, and they are very different opinions on love. Marvell’s is raw and passionate he writes in a representative manner, the enjambment used here; ‘If you please, refuse/ Till the conversion of the jews,’ this shows both the chaotic and tumultuous nature of Marvell’s writing and of love. Shakespeare on the other hand writes under the strict formations of a sonnet. this serves his purpose as it allows him to succinctly and rigorously structure his argument about his views on love. It is also reflective of his style of love, as he sees it as a stubborn enduring thing ; Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds.’ Here Shakespeare wants to portray that love transcends human behaviour and is one of the purest aspects of human character. The poets write very

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