Compare the Methods Poets Use to Explore Ideas About Time in ‘Hour’ and on Other Poem from Relationship?

Topics: Poetry, Love, To His Coy Mistress Pages: 3 (949 words) Published: June 19, 2013
Compare the methods poets use to explore ideas about time in ‘hour’ and on other poem from relationship?

Poets often use their work to express their thoughts, this is what the writers of ‘hour’ and ‘to his coy mistress’ have done to express their thoughts on time and love. In hour the poem is about time and how it is short lived when you are in love, whereas 'To His Coy Mistress' is a poem where the man is trying to convince the woman to sleep with him and exploring the idea of living and enjoying your life whilst you’re young.
Within both of these poems, the poets use different types of poetic techniques to show how time can affect the relationship of two lovers. The language used in the two poems is very different but they both show the same prospective of time. In ‘hour’ the language used is very blunt and in ‘to his coy mistress’ the language is more creative and imaginative. This is shown in hour when the poet says, “time hates love”, whereas in ‘to his coy mistress’ the poet says “we cannot make our sun stand still”. Both of the poets are trying to say that time is in control and it is very powerful. In ‘hour’ Duffy uses personification and simile; this is shown in, “love’s time’s beggar”. This suggests to us that time is love's enemy and love is begging time. The word beggar almost makes you feel sorry for love. The poet personifies time as loves enemy. In ‘to his coy mistress’ Marvell uses metaphors. For example, “Time's winged chariot hurrying near”, this suggest to us that death will be near. There are lots of imagery used in the two poems. For example, in ‘hour’ Duffy says, “but even a single hour bright as a dropped coin, makes love rich”. This suggests to the reader that even one hour with your loved is very precious and should cherish the moment. We also see love being powerful than time for the first time. In “to his coy mistress” imagery is used in the first section of the poem, when the speaker says “thou by the Indian Ganges side...
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