Analysis Of The Poem ' Not Coy Mistress ' By Andrew Marvell

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Maira L. Herrera-Sanchez
Professor Emily N. Bartz
English 203
9 February 2015
Sex Over Time in Andrew Marvell’s, “To His Coy Mistress” Sex and lust have changed greatly over time, especially since the late 1600s. In the poem, “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell the relationship between sex and time is rather passionate, but shifts as Marvell metaphorically describes time. The horrifying tone put on the metaphors, allusions, and the hyperboles play an important role in the understanding of Marvell’s meaning on sex and lust of the speaker’s lady over time. The idea that each sex act shortened someone’s life has come a long way. On the other hand it is believed that the message Marvell was trying to address was how the cold lady threatened the speakers love for her. Another idea is that the poem is based on death, and how everything will one day die, rather than the passionate approach. I will prove how these 2 ideas are wrong. In lines Marvell introduces the relation between time and the lady at fault, the speaker wants to love her but it is difficult,
Had we but world enough, and time, This Coyness, lady, were no crime (Mays 739).
Marvell shows how if they had time she would not be at fault, more specifically their sexual acts, and lust for one another would be the opposite of sinful. Marvell introduces “the Ganges’ side” in line 5 to begin to show that idea of motion and time. Then he emphasizes the motion of time even further when Marvell uses the…
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