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To His Coy Mistress - A Feminist Perspective

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A Feminist Perspective of To His Coy Mistress  


Andrew Marvell, a 17-century poetry writer, focuses on a subject that still baffles the readers' minds today, sex.  Marvell shows a world where women are seduced.   Women and men have focused on the issue of sex for centuries.  The most ironic thing that reader should notice while reading this poem is that even though they are in two different time settings, the same persuasions are used as an argument in Marvell's time as well as the present.    Although he uses love and time as reasons why should she have sex with him his main focus his her body.  The Marble Vault is a part of her body, the female genital.  Marvell shows the patriotic attitude that it is okay to make this argument to a woman.  In other words it is ok for a male to be aggressive and antagonizing towards a female.

             The young lady in "To His Coy Mistress" is definitely not to be taken for a mere fool because he would not have gone to great lengths to convince her to give her body to him. His word to describe the young lady as coy shows her respons...

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