Themes Relating to Love, Death and Sex.

The three poems I have been studing are Holy Sonnet written by John Donre, Sonnet 71, which is written by William Shakespeare, and To His Coy Mistress, which is written by Andrew Marvel. These poems contain major themes dealing with love, death, and sex. These poems are very different from one another.

John Donre who is the author of Holy Sonnet talks about a young priest who is challenging death and has no worry’s because he doesn’t fear anything not even life itself.

The priest is calling death on as he says “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so;” John Donre is making the priest sound as If he has lost it. John Donre ends the passage with this quote. “One short sleep past, we wake eternally, and Death, thou shalt die”. The holy sonnet is much different from the sonnet 71.

Sonnet 71 is written by William Shakespeare, this poem is about Shakespeare who tells his lover, “no longer mourn for me when I am dead”.

Shakespeare is basically saying that he loves her and would like her to forget him, as memories will only make her sad. “Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it; for I love you so, that I in your sweet thoughts be forgot If thinking on me then should make you woe. This play is about two lovers Shakespeare is dying and is writing this poem for his lover because he feels the best way is to be forgotten.

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This poem is interesting because some people think memories are the best way to remember people.

The poem To His Coy Mistress is written by Andrew marvel is about Andrew marvel using love, sex, and death to get his lover to sleep with him. This poem was written in the nineteenth century and language is a bit difficult to understand but the modern reader has a good idea what Andrew is writing about. Throughout the poem he is enforcing the essence. He is persuading her to sleep with him by using death as an excuse. “My echoing song; then worms shall try that long preserved virginity; And quaint honour turn to dust; And into ashes all my lust”. Andrew Marvel ends the play by saying “Thus, though we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run”. This means she can’t expect to have kids unless they have sex, which is very convincing if she would like to have kids.

The three poems are difficult as the language is challenging to the modern reader, however the topic of these poems are made for all readers. Marvel’s poem is To His Coy Mistress is very persuasive as it is very effective. His use of love and death is used to make his mistress steal the moment. His poem would have probably worked on any one. John Donre is an excellent poem for anyone who doesn’t fear death this poem is the holy Sonnet. William Shakespeare Sonnet 71 is the perfect poem for some one in their deathbed to give to their lover. These are the three poems we have been studing.

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