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In this essay I shall be comparing two love poems. I have chosen to compare the poem, ‘i wanna be yours’ written by John Cooper Clarke and ‘To His Coy Mistress’, written by Andrew Marvell (Pre 1900). I shall compare the way that the two poems are written and the different techniques used to show the writer’s love.

Love is an amazing subject. This makes the task of writing a love poem without resorting to difficult situations. I chose to write about the poem ‘i wanna be yours’ because this poem tries to express ideas about love in a fresh and striking way. To realize and congratulate this approach, I chose to compare the poem with ‘To His Coy Mistress’, which is more custom.

‘To His Coy Mistress’ talks clearly about the beauty of his loved one, and gives her compliments on her eyes, forehead, breasts and heart, all of which he says he finds very. The writer, Marvell is also clear in the way he way he talks about his own love, The writer says that he would like to spend all of history loving his mistress,

“I would,

Love you ten years before the flood,

And you should, if you please, refuse,

Till the conversion of the Jews”

The great flood, thousands of years ago, and the conversion of the Jews which is to take place just before the ending of the world.

‘I wanna be yours’ could almost be an imitation of Marvell’s type of writing. Instead of talking about ‘rubies’ and love growing ‘vaster than empires’, John Cooper Clarke writes with ordinary household objects as metaphors of his love. The writer is aware of the difficult situations of love and is trying to find a different way of expressing himself. He is making all sorts of promises in the form of images of what the girl might need or want. He gives says that he will be ‘coffee pot’, ‘setting lotion’, ‘raincoat’ and ‘vacuum cleaner’. Some of these items are amusing, like him being a vacuum cleaner, and breathing in her dust. His words are similar to those in Elvis Presley’s song; Let me be your teddy bear. The writer uses this line.

The list of appliances shows the modern setting of the poem. All of the items are familiar to us now and would have not been when the other poem, ‘To His Coy Mistress’ was written.

Both poems have something to say about the nature of love. ‘To His Coy Mistress’ appears to take love very seriously indeed but we are left wondering if the poet really means what he says. ‘i wanna be yours’ uses modern and rather comical images to express the idea of love. It certainly doesn’t take itself or love, too seriously.

‘To His Coy Mistress’ and ‘i wanna be yours’ both attempt to move relationships on to higher levels of intimacy or commitment, whereas they do not concern relationships that perhaps shouldn’t happen at all.

In ‘i wanna be yours’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ we only get the male side of the relationship, so we do not know how the female feels about the relationship. The two male speakers are trying to become more intimate with their girlfriends. They both make claims about their faithfulness and love – ‘let me be your ford cortina, i will never rust’ and ‘A hundred years should go to praise, Thine eyes’. However in ‘To His Coy Mistress’ we think that the writer is only interested in persuading, his mistress into going to bed with him, and in the lines of ‘i wanna be yours’ the writer says, ‘i don’t wanna be hers, I wanna be yours’ may mean that Clarke has had his eye on someone else and is trying to win his way back into his girlfriend’s heart.

The most sexual of the two poems is actually the oldest poem. I thought that the younger poem, ‘I wanna be yours’ would have more sexual content in it, as sex was more private and unspoken of before 1900.

I have enjoyed comparing these two poems and I am glad that I chose these two as the have some likenesses and some differences. The modern poetic strong imagery way of ‘I wanna be yours’ is a contrast to the formal rhyming couplets of ‘To His Coy Mistress’. Both of these poems are attempts at persuasion and it was interesting to compare their different techniques. However the most common likeness was that of using imagery, to show there feelings easier and give a better understanding of the writers love.



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