Sun Stand Still
In this quote Age and Heart both start with a capital letter, they are also the two most important lines in the sentence, and by the poet adding capital letters at the beginning of these words he has added extra emphasis to these words. Also Marvell has used alliteration in his poem, again for the effect of emphasis and in this case sound imagery as well. “Sun Stand Still” The time period in which ‘Valentine’ was written seems to be Post-1940’s, this is shown because of what Duffy talks about in the poem.
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“Not a red rose or a satin heart” These are commercial symbols that have only be known and used as representatives of love in the modern period of time. She wouldn’t be talking about love and these love stereotypes if she wrote this poem Pre-1940. Time Period in which Marvells poem ‘To His Coy Mistress’ was written, is much earlier than the time in which ‘Valentine’ was written was written, as ‘To His Coy Mistress’ seems to be written 400/500 years ago, in the Renaissance period.
Language used by the poet in this poem, shows it was written in that time period. “Thou by the Indian Ganges side” Phrases like these would really be said in present times, it isn’t part of modern language. Interpretation of the poem ‘Valentine’ is on the lines off the poet Duffy is attempting to explain what love isn’t, and what she thinks of love. “Not a cute card or a kissogram” “I am trying to be truthful” The last quote bringing the message that the poet is trying to express her point of love as truthfully and clearly as possible.
In the poem “To His Coy Mistress”, the interpretation seems to be something such as Marvell is trying to persuade this Coy Mistress into having sex with him. “And tear our Pleasures with rough strife” In the poem “To His Coy Mistress”, the response of a reader would probably be about the personality of the poet. A reader would get a picture of the poet as being selfish, and has no respect for women, and all that he wants is sex “last age should show your heart” This quote is telling us if life was eternal he would never love or respect the ‘Mistresses heart’. This is because it says in the last age he will show your heart, but the thing is there will be no last age, because life is eternal.
Where as if we look at the response of a reader of ‘Valentine’, they would get something such as the readers asking themselves what love is? A reader may also think, an onion can be used to symbolise love reasonably, but how do the other love symbols such as ‘satin hearts and cute cards’, symbolise love, they don’t. “Not a cute card or a kissogram i give you an onion” Intention behind Duffy writing ‘Valentine’, is most likely to be to express her point of view regarding love. The poet may also be finding herself annoyed from what people regard as symbols of love, such as ‘satin hearts’. The poet also says that if these really are symbols of love, which they aren’t, then an onion is a better representative of love. Poet also being female will have had a great influence upon the intention of this poem. The poet may also be indicating that she is in heart pain.
“Wobbling photo of grief” When Duffy’s and Marvells poems are compared we find similarities and differences. The similarity being that both poets is trying to express their views at the best of their ability. It also seems as if Marvell is getting annoyed that his Mistress is Coy, and he had probably tried things before, and then decided to write a poem to persuade her into having sex. “The Beauty shall no more be found” This quote is saying that if I (poet), carry on waiting to have sex with you, there will be no beauty left in you, you will have wasted yourself. Also both of these poets are different genders, ones male and the other poets a female. This difference may account for differences they have in their poems and also in the interpretation and views of love they may have.