To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Essay

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To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

It is a metaphysical poem, which means its lyric contains many striking images, is very intense and uses strong metaphors.

It is concerned with a young man who is trying to persuade a young woman to have sex with him by charming and rushing her into it because he only has one thing on his mind.

In the poem he uses three different arguments, flattery, fear and passion to persuade her to his point of view.

In the first section Andrew Marvell uses flattery, he does this by telling her that if he had all the time in the world he would use it by telling her how beautiful she is and stare into her eyes but he doesn't have this time and he knows this so he's using his charm and
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My vegetable love should grow

Vaster than empires, and more slow;'

The language in the first stanza uses assonance such as

'And the last age should show your heart'

He also uses alliteration such as:

'We would sit down and think which way'

and

'An age at least to every part'

He uses this in the poem to give it rhythm to engage the reader and make it easier for the reader to get a flow to the lyrical rhythm of the poem.

At the very beginning of the poem he uses the word crime straight the way to make her feel guilty and also that she kind of owes him something, 'Had we but world enough, and time

This coy Lady, were no crime'

He uses a lot of exaggeration to project how much he really 'wants' her, to make her feel flattered, by telling her all the time he would spend on her and all the love he would give her and then telling her all of what's he's told her is the least he would do,

'Nor would I love at lower rate'

That quote could also be perceived as metaphorically paying for what he wants.

The second stanza based on fear and persuading her by using strong and powerful images almost scares her into having sex with him. He uses the most powerful imagery of destruction, war,

'Time's winged chariot
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