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Herrick Vs Marvell

Corretta Sanders
Poetry Essay
Englis 1302
Instructor Mize
Herrick vs. Marvell
"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Rober Herrick and Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy
Mistress" have many similarities and differences. The tone of the speakers, the audience
each poem is directed to, and the theme make up some of the literary elements that help
fit this description.

The tone of "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" and "To His Coy Mistress" are
different. In Herrick's poem, his tone is relaxed. For instance when he writes, "Gather ye
rosebuds while ye may, /Old times is still a-flying," his word choice has a very relaxed
and casual tone. His attitude reflects the relaxed tone in his poem. In Marvell's poem,
his tone is serious. Marvell's purpose is to persuade his mistress to have sex with him.
He tries to lure her in when saying, "Had we but World enough, and Time." He starts out
very seriously, in attempt to convince his mistress. The relaxed tone of "To the Virgins,
to Make Much of Time" and serious tone of "To His Coy Mistress" point out the difference
in the way the writers feel about their characters.

Both poems are directed to two different audiences. In "To the Virgins, to Make Much of
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