Comparing Poems for AQA Relationships

AQA CLUSTER: RELATIONSHIP

POSSIBLE POEMS FOR 2012

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Comparison Poems
Carol Ann Duffy: Hour
In Paris with you
­ newly forming love
James Fenton: In Paris with You and Carol Ann Duffy: Quickdraw
Quick draw ­ The pain of love
In Paris with you ­ Use of imagery and emotional pain
Mimi Khalvati: Ghazal
To His Coy Mistress
Poetry by Seduction
Both poems are about wooing a lover, seeking to convince the other of the merits of
a relationship.
To His Coy Mistress is directly sexual whereas Ghazal is focused on the relationship as a
whole.
Both poems link the idea of love to larger ideas like the passage of time.
In both poems the speakers propose the idea that without love they are nothing.
In To His Coy Mistress the argument centers around the idea of life being wasted
without surrendering to passion whereas Ghazal is more concerned with enduring love.
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116
To His Coy Mistress
To His Coy Mistress explores the idea of time and its effect on love, although it
suggests that death will bring an end unlike Sonnet 116, which suggests that love is
greater than death.

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Charlotte Mew: The Farmer's Bride and To His Coy mistress
To His Coy Mistress
As in To His Coy Mistress, the female perspective is considered less important or
unfathomable in The Farmer's Bride. The desires of men are given voice at the
expense of the woman's point of view.
Time, specifically the passage of time, is a key theme in both poems. The male
narrators are aware of time passing while their desires are unfulfilled. To them time
passing is a type of loss.…read more

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Phillip Larkin: Born Yesterday
To His Coy Mistress
To His Coy Mistress offers a good contrast to Larkin's poem as Marvell presents the idea
that life is short and so people should aim for as much excitement and pleasure as
possible regardless of the consequences; whereas in Born Yesterday, Larkin encourages
the reader to accept life's limits, and in doing so offers a more reliable path to happiness.…read more

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