English Comparative Essay

Topics: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, To His Coy Mistress, Robert Browning Pages: 2 (673 words) Published: May 18, 2006
This a comparative analysis of poems 'To His Coy Mistress', 'Let's Misbehave' (actually is a song) and 'The Sunne Rising'. It was supposed to be 4 poems, but I'm pretty sure a paragraph went missing, so this is up for repairs.

English Comparative Essay.

The collection of texts presented in this essay depicts an underlying theme of love. The texts have been examined and explored in order to note the similarities or differences in various categories. To compare two texts by the length of their stanza would be to diminish the value of its words; indeed a comparison of texts must come from the connotation.

The subject of love is most definitely the most important and prominent theme in the four texts creating a likely similarity however, love, being an emotion can be exposed in diverse ways. To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Let's Misbehave by Cole Porter both expose love and lust. To His Coy Mistress starts by telling of an undying love for a lady "…I would love you 10 years before the flood…" how nothing could be as precious as her. The second stanza continues the love theme while adding a contrasting idea about preserving a girl's innocence is one thing but preserving them until they die is a waste. "…The grave's a fine and private place, but none, I think, do there embrace…" Nonetheless, another statement is projected in the next stanza. If preserving until the grave is a waste then grasp the prize while it is still youthful and "…let us roll all our strength, and all our sweetness, up into a ball: and tear our pleasure with rough strife…"

To His Coy Mistress is somewhat similar to the previous text, opening with a lady so proper, focused on a career and no family. "…you could have a great career, and you should…" However not long into the text is another expression portrayed. For its time, (19th century) the text would be considered extremely bawdy. "…we're all alone, no chaperone…" The writer's instinct of lust takes over his expression...
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