Analysis Of The Poem ' Of His Coy Mistress ' By Andrew Marvell

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Ryan James
Mrs. Dawson
English II
21 September 2014
Seize the Day in “To His Coy Mistress” In the poem “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell, the poet suggests that time is a limited resource, and one must live life at the moment. In the first stanza, the speaker conveys flattery to his addressee (his mistress), revealing how he would endlessly admire her body if time weren’t an issue, and if she wasn’t so shy. Conveying this sense of flattery, he hopes it will convince her to have sex with him. In the second stanza, the speaker then uses scare tactics in an attempt to make love to her -- the speaker references eternal death and how they wouldn’t be able to have sex in their graves. The only option would be to have sex at that moment! In the third, and final, stanza, the speaker conveys sexual urgency, his last resort in successfully convincing her to indulge in intercourse with him. The speaker describes how they should do it while they’re young and still have the desire, before time runs out. Therefore, the poem communicates the theme of carpe diem, or, the idea that time is limited, and the speaker and his mistress should enjoy the present without concern for the future. In the first stanza, the speaker uses various forms of flattery to convince his coy mistress to make love and live in the moment. In the first few lines, the speaker communicates to his addressee, the mistress, that if “had we but world enough, and time,”(1), meaning, if time…
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