Poem - Comparison Between 'Ipwy' & 'Coy Mistress' Essay

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The two poems that are going to be compared in this essay are ‘To His Coy Mistress” and “In Paris With You”. Each line in ‘Coy Mistress’ has 8 syllables which shows an iambic tetrameter. ‘IPWY’ doesn’t have an iambic anything as on every line there is a different amount of syllables. The rhyme scheme in the two poems are different to each other as in ‘IPWY’, the rhyme scheme is ABCCB and also features internal rhyme, “earful” “two” “wounded” “maroonded” “you”. These words are the last words of each line of the first stanza. However in ‘Coy Mistress’ the rhyme scheme is mostly AABB with some exceptions. The structure of the stanzas of the two poems is also different. In ‘IPWY’ the stanzas are regular, with 5 lines to each stanza apart from the middle one and the last stanza whereas in ‘Coy Mistress’ there are 3 stanzas with an inconsistent number of lines. The structure of ‘IPWY’ is informal, shown when colloquialisms are written, “I’ve had an earful” whereas the structure of ‘Coy Mistress’ is formal as there are no metaphors or similes or any subtlety as anything said is to the point. This point and the one in the previous paragraph shows that ‘Coy Mistress’ is very strict and regular in its form, with regular rhymes, line length and rhythm. The voice of the two poems is similar as they are both spoken in the 1st person to the lover of the speaker and enjambment is also used, which controls the pace of the poem, “To what and whom/Learning who you are” in ‘IPWY’ and “... should grow/Vaster than empires”. A similarity between the two poems is the idea of “Carpe Diem”, meaning to “Seize the Day”. This is explored in ‘Coy Mistress’ when it says “Had we world enough, but time” which means that they don’t have time to learn about each other whereas in ‘IPWY’ the speaker/narrator doesn’t want to spend time at all the conventional attractions in Paris, he just wants to

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