An artistic expression of a poet’s view about life and all the circumstances that comes along with it, Matthew Arnold and Andrew Dover made sure their poetic masterpieces speak of the state in life they are in. Arnold’s Dover Beach and Marvelli’s To His Coy Mistress both talk about love in ways that are more different rather than similar. While the former speaks of one’s loss of faith in love, the latter talks about the love for which the person seeks from another in an expedited way.
There are, however, more differences that the two poems have than similarities. One of the most obvious differences these poems have is the presence of rhyme. Dover Beach does not possess any line that rhymes, but this is more evident in To Coy His Mistress. Marvelli used and end rhyme for every two stanzas in his poem, called the couplet rhyme. On the other hand, Arnold utilized no rhyming scheme in his poem.
Both poems exhibited a shift in tone as each line progresses. Initially, in Dover Beach, the tone sets a mood that is peaceful as illustrated by the images of the moon and the bay. Suddenly, towards the middle until the end of the poem, an image of sadness was demonstrated by the waves returning the pebbles back to shore. The same shift, though with different emotions, is apparent in To His Coy Mistress. At first, the man expresses his gentle words of courtship to the woman he loves. However, this gentleness has turned into a more persuasive and more urgent response to the love he offers.
At the beginning of the poem, the speaker of the Dover Beach seemed to be anybody who is simply describing an image in the beach, yet it turns out that the speaker is the author talking to the one he loves. Yet, To Hi Coy Mistress was consistent in using the first person throughout the poem, which could just be anybody.
In so many ways, these two poems are similar, yet different in various aspects. However, it could not be denied that they have got the very influential lines that express the deepest of emotions and desires of a man who loves.
Arnold, Matthew. Dover Beach. The Victorian Web. n.d. Web. 11 December 2012.
Marvell, Andrew. To His Coy Mistress. Luminarium. n.d. Web. 11 December 2012.