Comparing The Passionate Christopherd To His Love

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Euricce LeSure Professor Heather Steinman English 201 26 October 2015 Is My Love for You Sincere? In the poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”, written by Christopher Marlowe, the speaker expresses his love for a girl with passion, while the poem “To His Coy Mistress”, written by Andrew Marvell, the speaker expresses his love for his mistresses through hyperboles. Comparing in contrasting the two poems both are very similar. Both poems express their love to their mates in excessive terms, but is one poem more sincere than the other? The poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” is about a man wanting a girl to come live with him and to be his love. The Shepherd talks about all these things that his love will enjoy if she will just…show more content…
He makes all these claims about all the time he would have loved her if they had time. For instance, “I would love you ten years before the flood, And you should, if you please, refuse/ Till the conversion of the jews.” (Marvell 7-10). His claim insinuates that he could love her before the Biblical flood is narrated in the Book of Genesis and that she can deny his courtship all the up until the conversion of the Jews. Indicating that she can deny for all eternity and he would still wait for her, but that is not the case. In his eyes time is running…show more content…
“And your quaint honor turn to dust, And into ashes all my lust: The grave’s a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace.” (Marvell 29-32). The speaker believes that all her beauty will go to waste if she waits and keeps her virginity. He also imagines that his lust will turn to dust and their chance to join sexually will be lost. Reading this poem he states that he if he had all the time in the world he would love her endlessly, but they do not have that kind of time so let’s make love now. How sincere is his proposal? He is trying to persuade her to give into him now while they still have their

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