How Do John Clare's ''First Love'' and Andrew Marvell's ''to His Coy Mistress'' Present Different Views of Love?

Topics: Poetry, To His Coy Mistress, Rhyme scheme Pages: 3 (1196 words) Published: October 16, 2010
Both of the Poems ''First Love'' by John Clare and ''To his coy mistress'' address the theme of love, however what is clear throughout each, are the separate approaches that each decide to take. Whilst Andrew Marvell writes in a clever attempt to woo and bed the lady, John Clare writes more openly, basic yet meaningful way. The distinctions between the two poems are clear, and two fascinating ways of portraying lust and Love.

The apparent theme throughout each of the poems is love, lust and wanting. Individually both of the poems express a mature suggestion of this want, however the language style are somewhat very dissimilar. John Clare's methodical writing is straight forward, which is clearly from the lack of an education and poor upbringing that he endured. However his language and emotions are obviously real - this being shown by the use of imagery such as ''Bloomed like a sweet flower'' and ''Blood burnt around my neck'' in stanzas one and two. Clare proves his fixation with his love when saying ''my legs refused to walk away.'' On the other hand, Andrew Marvell's 'Carpe Diem' style poem is without any doubt written to eagerly show off his writing ability and his talents that purely come from being well educated. Marvell uses phrases such as ''Times winged chariot'' and ''vaster than empires and more slow'' to convey his different styles throughout the poem. The contrast between the vulnerability of Clare's ''First Love'' and Marvell's extended conceit being ''To his coy mistress'' is considerable.

''First Love'' and ''To his coy mistress'' are both equally divided up into three stanzas. The first of Marvell's confronts his lady, approaching her with a long stanza full of poetic romance and persuading techniques, this is a more loving style, but clearly merely only focusing on the material things involved: ''By the Indian Gange's side, Shouldst rubies find;'' Marvell also avoids the meaning of his love, and conveys his 'emotions' as ways of telling...
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