I am writing this essay on the similarities and differences of Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell.
Shakespeare is overall explaining that love lasts forever, and nothing can change it. He also applies that they have all the time they want together. Sonnet 116 was written the fifteenth century, in the time where divorce didn’t really happen often. This may be why this poem is written like it is, compared to poetry written years after this.
Marvell puts across the point of they don’t have all the time in the world together, if they don’t have sexual intercourse soon. This may be because points we’re looked at differently two hundred years after Shakespeare time.
The first similarity I noticed was that the both poems share the same theme. This is the theme of Love. I know this because William Shakespeare explains within every line of Sonnet 116 that love is forever and unbreakable. Marvell also uses the theme of love, but slightly differently. Marvell tries to persuade his mistress that he loves her, when really he just wants sexual intercourse with her. He uses persuasion at the start of the poem, but then starts charming his mistress by saying he’ll love her once they have sexual intercourse.
One of the most obvious similarities between both poems are that they both have a male narrator.
Both poems are also similar as they both contain lines about death. In Sonnet 116, Shakespeare is saying that if its true love what someone is going through then they shall love someone even until they die. “but bears it out even to the edge of doom” He is really saying, that no matter what happens through life, you shall love that person unconditionally even when they die. He describes death as ‘the edge of doom.‘
However Andrew Marvell seen love differently. He believed that if his mistress didn’t have sexual intercourse with him, then not only would she die a virgin, she would die alone. “That long preserved virginity and...