Love & Relationship

Love & Relationship
The poetry of the 17th century is still quite attractive even now. Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress is probably one of the most interesting poems, which attracts the readers with its unusual reflections of the man’s feelings to his beloved lady using two contradictory themes of love and death.
The author followed the Renaissance traditions in his poem, where the image of death has become an equal figure in the artistic tradition of the Renaissance. It is considered that with the help of the young man’s imagery Marvel reflected his personal fear to the death. Bearing metaphysical meaning the author masterfully connected the constant fear of death to the passionate feelings of the young man to his mistress. The young man, expressing his emotions to his mysterious shy lady is willing to love and enjoy her until the time drift tem apart. The author alongside with the young man understands and recognizes the quickness of the human life, especially in such a dangerous world. The author does not reveal the possible threat, but he speaks about the quickness of the human’s life The fear of death was essential for that period that is why the young man’s speech is so passionate and persuasive. He is well aware about soon death. If we turn back to the 17th century we understand that such a long distance between young people could be really compared to death. That is why the suffering of the passionate lover is obvious; he does not want to lose the chance to love his mistress. “In the Ptolemaic view of the world, a view which far into the seventeenth century remained valid in literature, India was the end of the world” (Braekman, W.L., 2004). According to this statement such a distance between the lovers would symbolize the death of their relations. That is why the fear of apart with the beloved lady could be compared to the fear of death the young man demonstrates from the first lines of the poem. “If the mistress accepts the poet's concluding argument, she need not compact just for the sum a time-poor lover has in hand. The specific means by which the lovers defeat time may be found in the unity of the controlling images throughout the last verse paragraph. The power which the lover urges his mistress to seek with him at the iron, gates of life is, precisely, the power of the phoenix” (Carrol John, 1959). The power of phoenix could be related to as the symbol of the eternal life, but its unreachable for the young man without love of his mistress.

The other story depicts pretty different emotional state and attitude of the main hero. Hence the themes of love and death are among the core ones in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. The author starts the story describing the death of Miss Emily and then telling some facts about her late life and attitude to the events that influenced her life. Miss Emily was like a splinter of an old Civilization, the culture and life of Southern States. She was still using Afro-American servant and do not let anyone into her life.

When her father died, the society felt gladness: “When her father died, it got about that the house was all that was left to her; and in a way, people were glad. At last they could pity Miss Emily. Being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized. Now she too would know the old thrill and the old despair of a penny more or less” (Faulkner, 1930), they also felt gladness when her fiancé “left” her she loved him so much. They just felt gladness as if she got her bitters for her arrogance and defiance. It was essential thing for that time.

Miss Emily and her life during all this period was something like an entertainment in Jefferson. Everyone of them was interested in her life. Everyone wanted to know more about her, but she did not let anyone of them. She wanted to keep all her secrets. And they were kept up until her death.

It finally turned out that she poisoned her fiancé and all the time he was lying upstairs on the second floor and she was visiting in order to express her love. It was like a habit, probably, awful, terrible, even horrible habit. She probably did not understand what she had made; she just wanted her beloved men to be with her. She just did not believe that he was gone. He was always near, as her father, colonel Sartoris and other phantoms of an Old Sothern Civilization that was destroyed by the Civil War in the United States. She was one of the last pieces and everything she loved with the desperate, hidden and forbidden love stayed with her. She made them stay with her.


1. The Norton Introduction to Literature Website.2005. William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily". 18th of October 2009. .
2. Morton, Clay (2005). "'A Rose for Emily': Oral Plot, Typographic Story," Storytelling: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative 5.1.
3. Carroll, John. The Sun and the Lovers in To His Coy Mistress. John Hopkins University Press. 74.1 (1959): 4-7. Print.
4. Braekman, W.L. Marvell's Coy Mistress Finding Rubies. English Studies. 85.6 (2004): 528-531. Print.

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