To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

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The art of persuasion is a complicated and delicate skill. In the poem “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell; the author creates the elaborate argument of a man to convince a woman to agree to a sexual relationship. He uses metaphors, imagery, personification, and hyperbole to make his point. There is both a surface and underlying theme throughout the work. The first one being the immediate relationship between the two characters, the second is the inequality between men and women in society.

The speaker in this poem is an unidentified man on a mission of persistence in arguing to win the submission of a woman he desires. He is an eloquent speaker and no doubt incredibly charming as he presents his intense and beautifully rhyming lines of reasoning to support his position. He begins his case by explaining in the first stanza the elaborate measures he would take in cherishing his lady love. “We would sit down and think which way – to walk past our long loves day."(lines 3-4) He proclaims in great detail how he would spend an eternity simply gazing upon her, and cherishing every inch of her body. In the second stanza of the poem the speaker takes a somewhat darker turn. He explains to his beloved the morbid consequences of her misguided virtue painting a vivid picture of her death. The last stanza has the speaker is assuming his victory by describing the intensity of their lovemaking coupled with the sense of power and control this will bring to them both. There are no physical or biographical details describing either the speaker or the woman. In a sense they could be any man and any woman, anywhere at any time.

The imagery in the poem revolves around the author’s metaphysical nature, particularly as it pertains to time, death, and the unknown afterlife. His analogy of the time needed to fully appreciate her from."10 years before the flood. . . Till the conversion of the Jews" (8-10) expresses all of time that is known and was expected to be...
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