To His Coy Mistress vs to Virgins to Make Much of Time

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Ever since the beginning of time, love has played an enormous role among humans. Everyone feels a need to love and to be loved. Some attempt to fill this yearning with activities and possessions that will not satisfy with activities in which they should not participate and possessions they should not own. In Andrew Marvell’s poem, “To His Coy Mistress,” the speaker encounters an emotion some would call love but fits better under the designation of lust for a woman. In contrast, the speaker of Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” urges virgins to marry, to make a lasting commitment in which love plays a vital role. Comparing these poems reveals differences between love and lust. Despite the contrasting depictions of love and lust, both poets portray the underlying theme of carpe diem which means “seize the day”. Carpe Diem means that time should not be wasted and that you should make the most out of time. As a result, both poems focus on the theme of taking advantage of one's youth, they are both written from a male's perspective in trying to get his lover to take advantage of her youth before she loses it. These two poems use strong imagery to emphasize the shortness of their youth and how their lives will be worse later. Moreover, they discuss the issue that their youth won't last forever and that they may not get the opportunity to enjoy it later, to make the point that the poet's lover should use their youth while they can. Lastly, each poem emphasizes on the preciousness of that youth and beauty of virginity, and that one cannot expect that it will be able to be enjoyed forever. Furthermore, each poet follows the same outline but uses different lengths, patterns of imagery, level of detail, tone, and rhyme scheme to make his point; Herrick uses a rather short poem to make his point short and simple versus the long and descriptive
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