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To his coy mistress is about sexual feelings and infatuation, based on
the Italian tradition of courtly love - it is filled with compliments
and references to sexual activity and deviancy but is generally a one
sided love, the whole poem is about the man wooing the woman and
persuading her that she should have sex with him. Throughout the first
stanza the poet writes how he would love the woman, had they had all
the time in the world. The love is much exaggerated.

"I would love you ten years before the flood"

This is clearly an exaggerated statement because the flood happened
before Christ, before the poet or the woman even existed. This
portrays that he would love her forever.

"My vegetable love would grow vaster…and more slow"

The poet is talking about time, about his love growing slowly but
surely over time. The reference to a vegetable the natural fruit of
the earth symbolises how the love for the woman will grow over years,
from a seed getting bigger over time- its natural and deep rooted
love.

The end of the poem becomes more persuasive and hasted. The poet gets
more desperate for the woman to accept his offer and to agree to sleep
with him.

A clear indication of a change in tone is shown in stanza two…

"BUT… times winged chariot hurrying near"

Where the word But is placed at the start of the sentence usually
indicates that the statement before the but is about to be
contradicted with a sentence of the opposite meaning (he was good BUT
he is being bad)

the use of personification verbs add to the tone of the poem; making
time seem as a winged chariot emphasises the rush that the poet is in, ...


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...time

"Seemed night at noon day"

Though in the poem the reader is not given a sense of 'hurrying' and
anticipation but a sense of confusion portraying the emotional
distress the poet is going through.

As the poem progresses into the third and last stanza the poet writes
of his rejection and his pain cause by the subject he had so
hopelessly fallen in love with.

"Is love's bed always snow?"

this is a rhetorical question, comparing the of love which is thought
to be warm and loving with passionate heat and comfort (positive) to
snow; cold harsh snow, with no colour, which is bleak and which brings
death to all living things (negative) - again the poet is using
contrasting aspects in one sentence to show confusion too.

The poet has been made to feel that love is a horrible, harsh and
bitter feeling.


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