To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Essay

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To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell is considered a cavalier poet. He writes seduction poems that represent characteristics of cavalier poets through use of clever, witty, and developed lyrics. Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" is a seduction poem that contains these elements along with the use of rhyme, meter, imagery, and tone. Marvell creates a seduction poem that argues the desire for sexual gratification with a distinct aggressive tone.

To begin with the speaker in the poem is trying to convince his lover that there is a lack of time and that they should pick up the pace of their relationship before time runs out. He presents an argument trying to convince her that if they had all the time in the world they
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The basic flow of the poem is quick and to the point. The speaker is also trying to sound convincing, so Marvell uses clever lyrics to aid in the seduction of the lover. In lines 11 through 20 the speaker is using his quickness of mind to convey how much he would dote on her if they had the time, describing to her how many years he would spend paying attention to all the parts of her body….."For, Lady, you deserve this state; Nor would I love at lower rate."

The distinct tone of this poem is aggressive. Corresponding to the fact that time is running out the speaker must be aggressive in his argument. The speaker wants so badly to convince her, the reader can picture him holding her in his arms or standing close to her speaking quickly or using rapid hand or body movements. Marvell climaxes this aggressiveness in lines 41 through 44 and ending with the last two lines: "Thus we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run." The lovers cannot make time stand still so they must keep busy in order to preserve the little time they do have, these last two lines justify the aggressiveness. The speaker is explaining they should tear their pleasures roughly, or in other words lets keep busy by being sexual. In line 38 Marvell uses the metaphor "….like amorous birds of prey…." When birds prey upon something, especially if they are in groups, they must be aggressive if they want the kill. The speaker
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