Gateway Senior English
Time in Poetry
An addict’s growing need for drugs and alcoholism is similar to the speaker’s need, in “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell, of love from the women he addresses to. Time has an important role in both “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “To His Coy Mistress”. Both speakers use time in a way which best makes them feel comfortable with. "The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock," by T.S. Eliot, is considered a dramatic monologue. Some call the poem the "first Modernist poem". Andrew Marvell, an English poet, politician, and satirist. Marvell is commonly known as a "Metaphysical Poet". His poems are famous for surprising the reader with the use of language to explore questions about love, sex, the earth, the universe, and the divine. Time holds a huge fascination for poets in Marvell’s era they believe "Life is short, so live it to the fullest," a carpe diem mindset. While an addict will try to sneak his way to get what they want through any means necessary, so will the speaker in the poem. The speaker is trying to convince the women in the poem to do what he wants by using time (ex: the speaker tells women she will get older and will miss her chance being with him), like an addict who will convince himself and the people around him, by using time (ex: an addict will recover from addiction over time), that he has no problems controlling his addiction in order to continue his addiction. An addict will not see his way of life as wrongful, like the speaker who feels the women and him must love each other mentally and physically, because of their attraction toward their addiction. However in the poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S Elliot, the speaker’s attraction for the women, he is addressing to, goes only so far and uses time as an excuse for him to delay his conversation with the women. In the poem “To Coy His Mistress”, by Andrew Marvell, the speaker addresses a...