Compare how feelings towards another person are presented in ‘Hour’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress.
While ‘hour’ presents feelings of more romantic love, ‘To his coy mistress’, presents the idea of a more physical love. But both poems are based upon many of the same ideas, but are shown in different ways. For example the ideas of Nature, sense of greed, sense of time moving too quickly and a sense realistic love.
In the poem ‘hour’, there is a feeling that all they have is an hour but yet, time is travelling two fast, “For thousands of seconds we kiss”. By using the word ‘thousands’, it gives the impression that each second is very precious. And each second is a “treasure” that needs to be carefully counted, whereas in ‘to his coy mistress’, he asks, for only an hour in bed with her. The poet talks about how much time he wants to spend with the woman “A hundred years should go to praise thine eyes…two hundred to adore each breast…and thirty thousand to the rest”, but all of that is undermined by the first statement of the poem, “had we but world enough and time”. He is showing very courtly and romantic love to mask only wanting an hour with her because he knows, spending thousands of years with her is only a fantasy. There are also many other connotations of time throughout the poem, for example he talks about how short their lives are going to be, trying to convince her that she should sleep with him now. “Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”, Marvell uses the word chariot, because chariots are known to be very fast, in one direction, to represent how time moves quickly and how you can’t reverse time. There is a sense in to his coy mistress of needing to do things quickly before they get to old and their passion fades. He shows this in a very long quote in the second stanza “Thy beauty shall no more be found, Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound. My echoing song, then worms will try that preserved virginity”. We can see him here trying to convince...
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