Essay - Gender Criticism of Poetry: to His Coy Mistress' by Andrew...


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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 fem*****le acceptance of the inevitable nature of death

When examining the poem "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, in comparison to the ***** "When I am ***** my dearest" by ***** Rossetti one can see that, although both explore a similar theme of the transience of human sexual life and physical, romantic love in the face of mortality each poet approaches this *****me in very different ways, based on the gendered approaches ***** each 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 ***** Oxford Movement Christina Rossetti. Marvell lived an active ***** as a court *****, soldier, ***** adventurer. Rossetti lived 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 poems take the form of apostrophes or addresses in the mind of ***** poet, to an absent *****r. *****'s alternative title for her work is "song" or a lyric voice to the *****'s lover *****fter her death, while Andrew Marvell's speaker in "To His Coy Mistress" invokes "Petrarch***** convention, a poetic mode origin*****ting in the fourteenth century in which a m*****le lover uses exaggerated metaphors to appeal to his female beloved." (Ephraim, p.1)

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

***** ***** poet states, his mind is constantly filled ***** thoughts of his impending demise, and of the shortness ***** human life, both ***** own and his mistresses.' at my back ***** al***** hear

Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;

And yonder *****l be*****e us lie

Deserts of vast eternity.

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

Thy beauty shall no more be found,

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

My echoing song; then worms shall try

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

And your quaint ho*****r turn to dust,

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

***** grave's a fine and private place,

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

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

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

Our sweetness up into one b*****,

And ********** our pleasures ***** rough strife

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

Th*****, though we can*****t make our sun

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

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

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