A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning And To His Coy Mistress

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The Neoclassical era is a period in English literature which encourages reason and restraint in writing and advocates directed their attention to a smaller scaled concept of man as an individual within a larger social context, perceiving humans as infallible, dualistic, and in need to be controlled by reason and proper decorum. This era manifested a transition from various periods and literary movements in terms of style, theme, and content. The neoclassical texts showed a different vibe from the other literary movements in terms of style. A new type of poetry has emerged: Metaphysical Poetry. It was characterized by the inventive use of conceits or extended metaphors, and by a greater emphasis on the spoken rather than lyrical quality of its…show more content…
Both of which used iambic tetrameter and rhymed in couplets. Similarly, both authors used metaphysical conceits, allusions, and analogies in their poems. In A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Donne used an ingenious analogy for the couple in the poem: a drafting compass in which there are two points that are intricately linked. Furthermore, Donne’s usage of “moving of th’ earth,” refers not to earthquakes but to theories about the movement of the Earth and is supported by the phrase, “trepidation of the spheres” in which according to sources is an obsolete astronomical theory used in the Ptolemaic system, indicating that the author incorporated an allusion in his work. To His Coy Mistress is a perfect example of a carpe diem poem where the speaker laments the brevity of human life and confesses that he could spend centuries admiring each part of the addressee’s body and her resistance to his sexual insinuations. Marvell utilized elaborate conceits and allusions in the poem to woo the lady including the speaker’s claim that he could love the addressee ten years before the Biblical flood in the Book of Genesis while the lady could refuse his

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