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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 ***** Coy *****" by Andrew Marvell, in comparison to the ***** "When ***** am dead 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 ***** the face of mortality each poet approaches this *****me in very different ways, based on the gendered ***** of each author towards sexual congress and religious faith. At first, it might seem 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, as did most women of her day, although she w***** intimately involved in the pre-Raphaelite movement spearheaded by her brot*****, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (Marsh, 1995)

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

Yet in contrast to Rossetti, Marvell begs his beloved to engage in a tryst with him bec*****use of 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 sh*****tness of human life, ***** ***** own and his mistresses.' at my back I al***** hear

Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;

And yonder *****l before us lie

Deserts of vast eternity.

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

Thy beauty shall no more be found,

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

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

***** long-preserved virginity,

And your quaint honor turn to dust,

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

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

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

In *****, ***** *****gins her poem with these lines. "When I am dead ***** *****, sing no sad songs for me." *****n contr*****t to the ***** speaker of 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 and *****

Our sweetness up into one ball,

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

***** 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 *****'s lovers,


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