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Alicia Kontz
Miss. Sahly
College Lit.
5 March, 2015
Analysis of “To His Coy Mistress”

When I read poetry, I usually get really confused on what the speaker of the poem is trying to say. I can never seem to understand what they are usually talking about so I have to read the poem like 20 time before I can understand them. There was one poem that stuck out to me and I actually understood it only after a few times reading it, the poem is called, “To His Coy Mistress.” I want to explain a little bit more in detail about the poem’s, tone, word order, and theme, to help me better understand what this poem is really about. The tone in this poem was pretty easy to pick out. The speaker seemed like he was in a hurry to get some pleasure from this lady. The speaker explained in a lot of detail that he would spend forever with this woman, but tried to make her realized that they don’t have forever, so he also explained that we shouldn’t waste time doing the same thing and should start living life to the fullest. To me all he wanted was sex, because he seems really desperate and the speaker was speaking. Also the poem had a loving tone to it too, because he did sound like he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, but he just wanted to do different things instead of the same old thing they were doing. This poem I think had a few different tones to it which made it interesting to read because you could put it in what you think it is. There was one big theme of this poem and it was extremely easy to pick out. Which I like poems like this because it is easier for me to understand what the poem is about. The theme of this poem is to live life to the fullest and don’t waste your life doing the dumb or boring things. You can’t make fun memories when you do the same old boring things, you have to explore new things and make new memories. When you waste your time doing the same thing forever you will miss out on all of the new things in life



Cited: Marvell, Andrew. “To His Coy Mistress.” Meyer, Michael. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. Print. 843.

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