Shakespeare and Marvell Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Shakespeare and Marvell
A comparative analysis of the poetic styles of William Shakespeare and Andrew Marvell.
# 57763 | 1,144 words | 0 sources | 2005
Published on Apr 13, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Sonnets)

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This paper examines how styles of poetry can express clear clues and insight as to what kind of message the writer is trying to get across to the reader. In particular, it examines the styles of William Shakespeare and Andrew Marvell through an analysis of Shakespeare's sonnets and Marvel's "His Coy Mistress". It shows how, for example, William Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in iambic pentameter, while Andrew Marvell sometimes utilized the spondee at the end of a line of poetry.

From the Paper:

"Marvell on the other hand used iambic tetrameter in his poems; this gives the writing a quicker, more playful speed and means it to be that way. Marvell, who constructed "To His Coy Mistress", in iambic tetrameter, meant for his poem to be lighthearted and a bit erotic so that the persona of the poem could snare his mistress. Marvell also incorporates the usage of a spondee into his poem. A spondee two accent syllables following an iamb (which again is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable). Marvell also implores the use of couplets throughout his poem, which adds to the lightheartedness that was discussed earlier; this makes the poem what it is."

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