To His Coy Mistress Essay

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     Either you have sex with me or you die. This is a very strong statement which, when said, has to get someone's attention; and that is exactly what Andrew Marvell intends for the reader in this poem. He wants the undivided attention of this mistress so that he can scare her and rush her into making a decision the way he wants and in due time. Filled with time flavored symbolism, this carpe diem poem, "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, exemplifies the seize the day theme.
     The cyclical, life symbolizing river, the water flowing by like time, is the first place Marvell places the characters. And even though they
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And yet his love is vegetable in that it is not adaptable. She is the water, food, and light for his love; and as long as she is there, he will love her. She is evrerything that supports his love, and if she is not there, his vegetable could not be supported and would die. His idea of love seems to just be to say that he loves her for the possibility that he can share carnal knowledge; however, this is why he tries to convince her to seize the day. And because of this love he felt they must take advantage of what time they have.
     Next comes the threat of punishment if she happens to continue down her dark path of stubborn unwillingness to engage with him. Suddenly the desert is before them and beauty is gone forever. The life giving and symbolic water is gone. She's dead and the worms are her only company. These worms are symbolic of two different ideas. First they are phallic in shape and do stand as phallic symbols. They are also another cyclical representation of time, in that they are part of the cycle that will break her body down into soil, feed the trees, feed an animal, etc. So he tries scare her and to force her into the decision to seize the day.
     Marvell then stresses the youth she still possess and his plan to save them. He talks about her youthful hue and the morning (of life / youth) glow to remind her what she needs to save
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