Poem Analysis On His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell

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Andrew Marvell wrote a unique love poem in “To His Coy Mistress,” as this poem expresses far more than one might expect or even perceive upon the first reading. Enveloped in this ode to a cherished muse are expressions of the “carpe diem” philosophy, laments about the impending doom of death, and hopes to transcend contemporary abilities to live forever in the love of another. While Marvell’s primary purpose in writing this piece may have been to woo a young maiden, he made a far more significant contribution to the era’s literary culture in the process. Marvell most directly addressed “To His Coy Mistress” to a woman he intended to court, as he spends a majority of the piece lamenting that he didn 't have time sufficient to praise her features. In the opening stanza, Marvell states that, “Had we but world enough, and time…. An hundred years should go yo praise…. An age at least to every part, / And the last age should show your heart” (Marvell 1-18). While Marvell ones not directly praise or describe his muse in any way, he does emphasize how extraordinarily praiseworthy she be, and this idea forms the basis for the philosophical wonderings and realizations that comprised the following stanzas. Thus, Marvell addressed his poem at a potential lover for the purpose of courting her on an unknown occasion, but the real significance of the poem lies in the later ideas he presented to fulfill this purpose. In his second stanza, Marvell takes a drastic turn from the romantic…
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