To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvel - review.
'To his coy mistress' was written by Andrew Marvel, his exceeding love
for his lover, but with closer analysis it is more intimate and is
more persuasive. The poem is persuading his mistress to have sex with
him, and have children however; it sounds more like he wants the
pleasure, not the children. It was written in the 1600s.
The poem can be split into 3 stanzas; the first stanza is romantic and
flattering, but also persuasive. The implication of the first stanza
she is playing hard to get or shy, and the shyness wouldn't matter if
they had more time.
He is saying he would love her forever and is trying to be romantic,
but persuasive. He mentions 'my vegetable love should grow' which
could have many implications, because it could refer to a sexual
undertone, his love for her is natural or there is slow growing, so
the metaphor is quite effective. In some stanzas of the poem he
exaggerates because for example, a person would not just sit and
admire another person for 'an hundred years' yet the poem says 'an
hundred years should go to praise'.
I don't find the poem convincing because a person does not just sit
and admire someone, and in my opinion he just wants sex. He is putting
her under enormous pressure to seduce her, because of his desire for
sex; this is shown by him saying they are running out of time.
In the second stanza of the poem he begins talking in a more lustful
way, but still trying to seduce and flatter. Also in this section he
mentions a 'winged chariot' I think this refers to time flying by. A
good comparison in this poem is 'deserts of vast eternity' because he
is implying he can't get out or maybe a...