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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Upon an Honest Man’s Fortune by John Fletcher

Literary Analysis (Summary)

During the Jacobian era, there was an evolution of modern science. There was focus in the areas of navigation, cartography and surveying. The era commemorates the commencement of the reign of King James 1, who ruled over a unified kingdom of England, Scotland and Ireland. It was during this time that King James 1 commissioned the translation of the bible which is now famously known as King James Version (KJV). So, people were very religious. Still, they were curious to know more about their future and they strongly craved success. Consequently, they resorted to astrology. They deserted their faith in God to the study of the positions and movements of the stars and how they might influence their fortune and existence on earth. This they did through the horoscope.

To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

Literary Analysis (Summary)

Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress is a metaphysical poem written in dramatic monologue. Moreover, it is a lyrical traditional carpe diem poem. The speaker of the poem, an anonymous man with no biographical detail in the poem, addresses a young unknown lady, a silent listener, who is timid in responding to his sexual advances. To be coy means to be shy. Since life is too short to play hard to get, he pleads with the mistress to seize the day (carpe diem) and accept his love.