To His Coy Mistress and Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock-Comparison

To His Coy Mistress and Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock-Comparison
To His Coy Mistress-Synopsis
To his coy mistress poem falls under carpe Diem poems and the literal
and this phrase imply something to do with seizing the day. The speaker
exhausts the entire poem to speak about his lady (mistress). The writer
of the poem praises the beauty of the mistress in the initial stanza and
he declares his undying love for the mistress in the same stanza.
Further, the speaker in this poem expresses his obsession to the
mistress, and this evidenced by the mention of the time the speaker
would dedicate time to express the beauty her breasts respectively
(Eliot, 1915).
The second stanza describes the ugly truth to the speaker, which reveals
that time was a chariot that was winged, and it was hurrying the events
to near the end of life. Therefore, there was no ample time for
fantasies and desirable dreams passion about the mistress. Rather things
must be done fast, or the winged chariot will seize the youth and
convert the lust of the speaker to dust, which will disappear within no
time. The speaker points out that death will be the ultimate end to
their romance thus they should utilize the time that they are alive to
enjoy romance (Eliot, 1915). The third stanza emphasizes that the
speaker and the mistress should enjoy their love and romance when they
have a chance by seizing the day as this privilege will be taken by
death, and time will swiftly consume their youthfulness, as well.
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock-Synopsis
The writer seemed smart, and he had accomplished many things, in his
life. However, there is a significant accomplishment that he had not
attained and this accomplishment involved declaring his love to a woman
(Marvell, 1999). The speaker does not speak out his heart and mind to
his the woman that he loved, and significantly, time was elapsing.
Eventually, the speaker lost touch with the crucial life matters, and he
started focusing on the trivial things, which were not relevant to the
live of a man. This song represents a perfect monologue of the speaker
who narrates the events of his life, which were not appealing at all.
The poem represents literally anguish drama (Marvell, 1999). Evidently,
the desires of the speaker were never satisfied as his life was full of
gaps and holes. The poem portrays embarrassment, weariness,
emasculation, awareness of mortality and sexual frustration on the side
of the speaker.
The two poems are similar to the extent that they both provide extensive
discussions of time aspects and themes and ideologies. It is significant
to note that, the symbolization and representation of time essence in
the two poems does not comply with the definition of time. To his coy
mistress poem, demonstrates a contradiction of time when the speaker
mentions that time or period does not endure forever, though the speaker
mentions the enviable life that women and men wish to live. The speaker
mentions the significance of seizing the moment when expressing love
between two people, especially the speaker and his mistress.
On the contrary, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” poem
symbolization of time makes real attempts comply with the definition of
time. The essence of time in this poem proves that time does not end,
and an individual can accomplish and experience all their desires within
their lifetime (Marvell, 1999). Therefore, Eliot challenges the slogan
of seizing the moment by Andrew as Eliot advocates for the existence of
time that is everlasting. Further, there are direct similarities in the
themes time and love in the entire plots of the poems. For instance, to
his coy mistress poem mentions love in the third line of the first
stanza and the line eight of the same stanza (Eliot, 1915). The same
poem mentions the theme of time in line one of the first stanza,
implying that time is not enough. Similarly, Love Song of J. Alfred
Prufrock, Andrew describes the arms of his lover and the perfume from
her dress, in stanza 65 lines two and four. There is also the mention of
death and awareness of mortality by the writers, which resembled the end
of ambitions and desires.
The vividness of the differences of the two poems is marked by the fact
that the writers describe similar themes but in different structures and
contexts. Though the difference is not as epic as one would expect the
relative similar structure builds form the fact that Eliot was inspired
by the works of Andrew. For instance, while To His Coy Mistress and Love
Song of J. Alfred Prufrock poem talks of being patient inn life as
things would happen in their own time, without the need to rush. “To his
coy mistress poem” emphasizes the need to capture the opportunity that
arises to accomplish the life desires as such desires will be shuttered
by death. For instance, the initial line of to his coy mistress poem
indicates that the two prospectus lovers did not have sufficient time
and the world to wonder and think the way to carry on their love
Eliot, T.S. (1915). The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Retrieved from
Marvell, A. (1999). To his Coy Mistress. Retrieved from HYPERLINK