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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 of the inevitable nature of death

When examining the poem "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, in comparison to the poem "When I am ***** my dearest" by ***** Rossetti one can see that, although both explore a similar theme of the transience ***** human sexual life and physical, romantic love in the face of mortality each poet approaches t***** theme in very different ways, based on the gendered approaches of ***** author towards sexual c*****gress and religious faith. At first, it might seem to be unfair ***** compare the male Cavalier poet with the Victorian member of the Oxford Movement Christina Rossetti. Marvell lived an active life as a court *****, 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 brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (Marsh, 1995)

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

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

***** ***** poet states, his mind is constantly filled with thoughts of his impending demise, and of the sh*****tness of human life, ***** ***** own and his mistresses.' at my back ***** always hear

***** wingèd chariot hurrying near;

And yonder all be*****e us lie

Deserts of vast eternity.

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

Thy beauty shall no more be found,

Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound

My echoing song; then worms shall try

********** long-preserved virginity,

And your quaint honor turn to dust,

***** in***** ashes all my lust:

The grave's a fine and private place,

But n*****, I think, do there embrace.

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

Let us roll all our strength and *****

Our sweetness up into one ball,

And tear our pleasures with rough strife

********** ***** iron gates of life:

Thus, though we cannot make our sun

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

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


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