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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 could pursue a normal progressive relationship including courtship and lovemaking. But since they do not have all this time he wants her to surrender her chastity to him rather than take it to the grave.

Rhyme and meter go hand in hand throughout this poem. They combine with each other to express the idea that time is running out. Marvell uses iambic tetrameter along with rhyming couplets. The quick flow of the poem allows the reader read rapidly, always keep their eye moving across the page through the poem. He uses the fewest amount of syllables yet completes his thoughts thoroughly and effectively. Another element to examine is the way the verse appears on the page. There is nothing abnormal about the paragraph indentations or the line breaks. The lines and paragraphs stay consistent, keeping in sync with the quick flow of the poem. Initially when first reading this poem the reader does not read slowly. The speaker is illustrating there is a lack of time, therefore, the flow of t...


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...: "And now, like amorous birds of prey……" this may be far fetched, but birds is plural meaning two, i.e. the two of them. At the beginning of this sentence, "And now", appears to be an inner transition to the argument, possibly saying "And now that you agree with me….." : lets be together and seize the day as one.

During this renaissance period the English civil war was beginning and ending, battles were being fought. Destruction due to war may soon cut their lives short, and the speaker could be saying that through all this conflict they still have each other and if death (time) is upon them then let us live all we can before it is over. Even without the element of war and battle in this analysis another theme is Carpe Diem. This theme certainly corresponds with the aggressive tone, the quickness in meter and rhyme, and the element of life and death.


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