To His Coy Mistress and My Last Dutchess

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06/14/2012 YASH PANCHAL Love and Seduction “My Last Duchess” by Browning and “To His Coy Mistress” by Marvell are examples of two men searching for the right words to express their emotions towards a woman. The speakers in both poems are talking about love and seduction. Even though they both are written in two different centuries, both pieces have remarkable similarities as well as some of the common expected differences. “To His Coy Mistress” values women and their love they give, while “My Last Duchess” totally humiliates the role of women in society. “My Last Duchess" and "To His Coy Mistress" shows the act of the men in these two poems. Both the characters in these two poems have a certain attitude towards women, which is that they both see women as objects but in different ways. Also they both can hurt anyone for their profit. Both the speakers of “My Last Duchess” and “To His Coy Mistress” use poetry to create an argument. The Duke in "My Last Duchess" is an arrogant, disrespectful man, who cares more about status and wealth than love. He is very selfish, who is jealous about his ex-wife for not giving him attention in the way he wanted. He wanted her to treat above everyone else. The speaker in "To His Coy Mistress" gives us the impression that he is a respectful man. He is also well-spoken and this is important because it is his main strength which he uses to attract her towards him. Both these characters are trying to convince someone. In the Duke's case, it's the envoy and in the speaker's case, the woman. They are also similar because they are talking about a woman, but they are different in their own way. Both these men see women as objects, the Duke as an object
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