To Seize The Day Or Not

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2 June 2014TO SEIZE THE DAY OR NOTShould people live for today or for tomorrow? To live for today is to follow the idea of Carpe Diem, or Seize the Day. Many people believe in this idea and follow it and do not worry about tomorrow. "To His Coy Mistress" is a poem that exemplifies Carpe Diem. Marvell uses this theme of Carpe Diem to try to convince his mistress to be with him now and not wait for a future time. He wants her to quit being coy and give in to her desires, which in turns lets him satisfy his own. He actually presents coyness as being a crime since life is very short.In the first part of the poem he beseeches his mistress to love while she is still beautiful and youthful, "Now therefore, while the youthful hue/Sits on the skin like morning dew...now let us sport us while we may/And now like amorous birds of prey" (33-38). He raves about the hue of her skin in the morning to make her think about what she is in danger of losing some day. He emphasizes that time will run out and love will not wait forever. At this point Marvell picks op the pace so as to make a sense of urgency to his need. He turns to flattery and speaks of adoring her body for a long time and that he wants to spend the rest of time with her. He tells her to seize the day and give in to him, "Had we but world enough, and time/This coyness, Lady, were no crime" (1-2). He thinks her ways are prudish and wants her to change and live for the moment.He tries to reassure his mistress that his love would not be quick or hurried, "My vegetable love should grow" (11), or it would go as slow as she might want it to be if they had all the time in the world. He is saying that he would love her forever if they actually had forever and that is why she should give in to him. He also says that he would be true to her, "Thou from the Indian Ganges/Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide/Of Humber would complain/I would love you ten years before the flood" (5-8). He speaks about her beauty and that if he had the time he would "An hundred years should go to praise/Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;" (13-14). His motives come into question when he also states, "Two hundred to adore each breast" (15). Basically he would spend more time lusting after her breasts than staring into her eyes. Finally he states, "For, lady, you deserve this state,/Nor would I love at a lower rate" (19-20), and this leads into the second part of the poem.Since flattery is not working in the first part of the poem, the speaker tries another way. He wants her to start thinking about death. He wants to make sure that she is very aware that they will not live forever, "Time's winged chariot hurrying near" (22)....

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