"To His Coy Mistress"

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"To His Coy Mistress" Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress is a sieze the moment kind of poem in which an anonomyous young man tries to woo the hand of his mistress. This kind of poem gives the reader the idea that time is not only precious, but scarce. The speaker uses many smooth tatics to persuade the young girl, starting with compliments and ending with a more forceful, morbid appraoch. "To His Coy Mistress" is not only witty but imgagistic, full of wordplay, and percieved differently by both males and females. Andrew Marvell was born March 31st, 1621 in yorkshire, England. Becasue he was the son of an Anglican preist, Marvell grew up in an extremely Godly Home. He got his prmary education at Hull Grammar school. At only the age of …show more content…
By saying "Of Humber would complain. I would/ love you ten years before the flood," ("Andrew Marvell" 276) he is letting his mistress know that he adores her. Starting out it seems like the speaker is the only one in love, but by the end of the poem it is clear that she is equally as passionate as he. Finally there is beauty. The speaker seduces her by validating her conciet. He describes ever way she is beautiful in detail. This poem is disguised as a syllogism, a three part argument with a final concusion. It is concluded that the speakers overall reasoning is illogical. Although, Marvell's poem is described as "sophisticated, evocative, and emotionally moving," ("Andrew Marvell" 280) Recent criticisms say that a female reader could read this poem and look at it different than a male. The reader, as a female, may percieve it as crude and vulgur. It could be seens as smutt. Where as a male would see it as a smooth, masculine approach to woo a woman. In the beginning of the poem, the female reader could identify the tone of the passage as passionate, but later goes into a more forceful tone. A man reading the poem would pick up a more masculine appeal to love (Kelly 283). Some believe that the text of the poem is aimed to attempt the reader, particularly the male population, in a different way to seduce a woman. (Pittock) The second criticism found was about imagery. Marvell's poem is seen differently by every person. Poets use imagery so one
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