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Compare and contrast the themes of Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" and Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd, To His Love."

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The two poems you ask about share the same theme.  They are both, in effect, carpe diem (Latin for "seize the day") poems, though "Shepard" is not the classic, traditional carpe diem poem that "Mistress" is.   

The speaker in "Mistress" and the shepard of the second poem are trying to talk their lovers into something.  The speaker wants his lover to make...

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