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To His Coy Mistress Essay

1155 words - 5 pages

The speaker of “To His Coy Mistress” is a man with a high libido addressing an unwilling woman who is guarding her virginity. Marvell uses figures of speech to unify his theme of Carpe Diem, to seize the day, in order for the speaker to seduce the woman. The first Stanza of the poem signifies that his love is as everlasting as time. Whereas, in the second Stanza he realizes that time is of the essence and the woman must give in to his desires. The third Stanza the speaker brings the woman back from the imaginative dead, and explains to her that she must seize the opportunity since she is youthful.
In “To His Coy Mistress,” the persona speaks of his high libido and the theme of Carpe Diem in which the “Coy Mistress” should go to bed with him and seize the day. At first the speaker uses a hyperbole when he tells the woman that he would love her until Armageddon when he states, “I would/ Love you ten years before the flood/ and you should, if you please, refuse/ Till the conversion of the Jews” (Marvell lines 7-10). This shows he is patient and will wait for her to give into his sexual desires. He exaggerates when he explains to her that he has until the end of time for the woman to make her decision. The speaker even alludes to the Bible, referencing the conversion of the Jews during Armageddon. This is used as irony because the Mistress wants to preserve her virginity, but by using a Biblical reference he is trying to seduce her into losing her sanctified virginity. Marvell also expresses the speakers patience when he writes, “We would sit down and think which way/ to walk, and pass our long love’s day/ Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side” (3-5). He suggests that the woman could wait for him if she stayed youthful, which is a contradiction to the other Stanza’s when he realizes time is crucial. He tells her she could take journeys to India and refuse his sexual advances until the end of time. The speaker also uses metaphors when he states, “show your heart” which references to her heart beat and that he hopes for the mistress to accept his offering of love faster (18). The speaker replies with, “Nor would I love at a lower rate” which shows again his eagerness for her acceptance and he would have a faster heart rate by giving her sexual pleasure (20). His situation seems eager when he realizes that life is fleeting and must be with this woman. He makes it a point to explain to her that her virginity will be wasted and to seize the moment, once more the unifying theme of Carpe Diem.
In the second Stanza the speaker is insistent on persuading the women into seduction when he explains to her that time is of the essence and her virginity will be wasted. The atmosphere changes from placidity to excitability, an eerie thought comes to Marvell’s mind. The speaker explains, “Time’s winged chariot hurrying near/ and yonder all before us lie/ Thy beauty shall no more be found/ then worms shall try/ That long-preserved virginity” which shows his urgency...

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