Write a critical appreciation of Marvell's To his coy mistress. How
does the lover in this poem make you feel?
This poem is about a man, who is likely to be Marvell seducing his
sweetheart and trying to persuade her to sleep with him. This essay
will look at different parts of the poem such as how it is written and
the atmosphere of it.
The poem is about a man seducing his sweet heart and trying to
persuade her to go to bed with him. He tries to scare her by telling
her that if she does not let him sleep with her and carries on as a
virgin than she will die a virgin and nothing but the worms will
invade her virginity. He tries to reason with her that if they had all
the time in the world it would not matter if she was modest and
towards the end of the poem he tells her, they don't have all the time
in the world so they should seize their chance, he cant "make the sun
stand still" to wait for her. He also tells her that the "grave is a
fine and private place" where no one will embrace her.
The poem is written as a syllogism, or an argument that is set out in
three stages. This poem is in three sections, the first section is
where he is saying to her, that being so modest would not matter if
they had all the time in the world. He also says that they will grow
old and grey if they have to wait much longer. This is evident in the
"Thou by the Indian Ganges side'
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain."
This is also illustrating another point that he is telling her if she
keeps up this modesty much longer than it will feel like she is in
some beautiful exotic place like India looking for Rubies. Rubies were
meant to preserve virginity. He will be sitting beside the banks of
the Humber (Hull) crying and upset that she would not sleep with him.
This is a comparison between the boring life he will lead if she does
not do this for him.
The second section is about his persuasiveness to try and make her
sleep with him. He tells her that he would praise her.
"Thine eyes and on they forehead gaze...