Look Again at Ghazal Compare and Contrast How the Theme of Love Is Addressed in This and One Other Poem

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Ghazal is a sexually stimulating love poem that hints on powerful imagery and metaphors in an attempt to capture the passion of love. The speaker uses a wide range of arguments, to persuade their loved one, each of which explores different aspects of love. Love is represented as calm and reflective which is clear by the use of natural imagery, ‘grass’ and ‘breeze’ which symbolises natural love. It is clear from reading Ghazal that it contains numerous images of violence and pain, when speaking of an ‘iron fist’, and an ‘arrow.’ This could suggest the violence and passion of the lover’s feelings. Although there is a lot of reference to violent and aggressive behaviour it does not make her hesitant, one could even say she was blinded by her love for him. To his coy mistress is a metaphorical poem, where the speaker addresses a woman who has been slow to respond to his sexual requests. In the first stanza he discusses how he would love constantly for an unlimited amount, if only time was not running out. If he could he would give her everything and anything till death. He quickly begins to mention how short life is even referencing her ‘preserved virginity’ being taken when she’s dead as ‘worms shall try.’ He finishes by focusing on the present and telling her to make the most of the time that they have now, which hints at the use of sexual innuendo. The speaker presents an argument in these three parts, however there are several layers of meaning to this poem. To his coy mistress is a poem, and ghazal is an ancient poet form often used to explain the beauty and pain of love. ‘If you are the rhyme and I the refrain,’ this is use of music to describe to describe fate and the feeling of eagerness is unnecessary as she is aware that when the time is right they will become one with each other. It also has several forms of sexual innuendo similar to ‘to his coy mistress’

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