Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 200
Andre Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress," published first in 1650, is a poem of seduction in which a man attempts to persuade a woman to go to bed with him as they are racing against time and haven't the luxury of falling in love at a leisured pace. The suitor argues persuasively to the object of his lusty affections.
John Donne's "The Ecstasy," published in 1633, describes two lovers lying next to one another and gazing deep into each other's eyes while their souls move out of their bodies and intertwine to become one, more-perfect, soul. The narrator of the poem also admits, though, that such a union of souls should also be expressed physically, thus pointing out that their bodies are actually somewhat necessary to their love.
George Herbert's famous religious poem "Easter Wings" (1634) is written in such a manner that its lines, rich with metaphysical imagery, mimic the form about which he writes.
Richard Crashaw' s "Epitaph upon Husband and Wife, who died and were buried together" (c. 1646) speaks of the eternal bond that a married couple will share in death. He refers to the bond as everlasting now that it has been sealed by their departure from this world.