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Analysis of 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

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Analysis of 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) Marvell's playful entanglements of sex and condescension are conspicuous in his metaphysical poem. He achieves this by using overwrought similes outsized metaphors and hyperboles for example, 'an hundred years', 'like amorous birds of prey' and 'vegetable love.' He uses these techniques to enrich meanings and to express how strong his sexual feelings are for his mistress. ...read more.

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'Coyness' in Marvell's era, might have been used to represent mere reticence, the implication would be that it would take a very innocent lady indeed to gaze into the mirror of Marvell's poem and to see herself figured as unaffectedly shy. Marvell's uses the third person 'His' in his title of the poem and doesn't use 'my' suggesting that he may not want to make the poem personal to himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

In his first verse, he says 'Had we but world and time', which suggests that he is setting up a condition and then taking everything back before giving it. The use of 'would' in line 3 shows his lavish forms of courtship that he 'would' but will not be happy to perform. The alliteration of 'long love' and repetition of elongated vowel sounds like 'o' helps the rhythm of the poem to flow more smoothly and gives the poem a soft romantic touch. Marvell shows his intelligence by referring to exotic places for instance the 'Indian Ganges' in his poem. ...read more.

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