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Gender Criticism of Poetry:

To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell versus "When I am dead my dearest" by Christiana Rossetti—A masculine defiance of mortality through sexuality, a female acceptance ***** the inevitable nature of death

When examining ***** poem "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, in comparison to the poem "When I am dead my *****" by Christiana Rossetti one can see that, although both explore a similar theme of the transience of human sexual life and physical, romantic love ***** the face of mortality each poet approaches t***** ********** in very different ways, based on the gendered approaches of each author towards sexual congress and religious faith. At first, it might *****m to be unfair to compare the male Cavalier poet with the Victorian member ***** ***** Oxford Movement Christina Rossetti. Marvell lived an active life as a court poet, soldier, ***** adventurer. ***** ***** a quiet and retiring life at home, ***** did most women of her day, ***** she was intimately involved in the pre-Raphaelite movement spearheaded by her brot*****, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (Marsh, 1995)

However, both *****s take the form of apostrophes or addresses ***** the mind of ***** poet, to an absent **********. Rossetti's alternative title for her work is "song" or a lyric voice to the *****'s lover after her death, while Andrew Marvell's speaker in "To His Coy *****" *****vokes "Petrarch***** convention, a poetic mode origin*****ting in the fourteenth century ***** which a male lover uses exaggerated metaphors to appeal ***** his female beloved." (Ephraim, p.1)

***** in contrast to Rossetti, Marvell begs his beloved to engage in a tryst with him bec*****use of the transient ***** of ***** life. Through sexuality, Marvell states, human beings may avoid or at least ***** defy death.

As the poet states, his mind is constantly filled ***** thoughts of ***** impending dem*****e, and of the shortness ***** ***** life, ***** his own and his mistresses.' at my back I always hear

Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;

And yonder all before us lie

Deserts of vast eternity.

***** poem's ***** famous lines are:

Thy beauty shall no more be found,

*****, in thy marble vault, shall sound

My echoing *****; then worms shall try

That long-preserved virginity,

And your quaint honor turn to dust,

***** into a*****s all my lust:

The grave's a fine and private place,

But none, I think, do t*****e embrace.

In *****, Rossetti begins her poem with these lines. "When I am ***** my de*****st, sing no sad songs for me." In contrast to the masculine speaker of Marvell's poem, ***** accepts death ***** how death ends love and human physical desire, rat***** than desiring to, as Marvell does:

Let us roll all our strength and all

Our sweetness up into one ball,

And ********** our ple*****ures with rough strife

Thorough the iron gates of life:

Thus, though we cannot make our sun

Stand still, yet ***** will make him run.

In comparing these two apostrophic poems to the poet's *****s,

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