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Andrew Marvell was a poet and an MP for Hull.

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Andrew Marvell was a poet and an MP for Hull. He wrote the poem in the 17th Century. In the first stanza he uses persuasive techniques such as flattery. The speaker tells his mistress what they could achieve in their relationship if they had enough time. You have heard the expression all the time in the world. That is what the speaker is referring to in line 1. He is saying that if they had all the time in the world, her coyness would not matter. He mentions religion from Noah's Flood (line 8) until 'the conversion of the Jews' in line 10. He mentions religion so that he can make her believe what he is saying. ...read more.

Middle

Time is personified as the driver of a chariot. Chariots were swift moving war machines ridden by the most powerful warriors. This chariot has wings so it travels faster. He emphasises the fact that in death there is nothing left. Her beauty will have vanished and his songs will not be heard in her 'marble vault'. The fact that she will be buried in a 'marble vault' shows that she is a relatively wealthy person but what good will her wealth be to her? Then, as he says in lines 27-28, ...worms shall try That long-preserved virginity. Marvell is forcing his mistress to think about the fact that what she fears will happen anyway but instead of being pleasant it will be the result of her death. ...read more.

Conclusion

Marvell does not say that sex will be fun. He compares the two of them to amorous birds of prey, that is, wild creatures they will be violent in their lovemaking. They will eat time without thought or ceremony. Later he speaks of the need to: tear our pleasures with rough strife Thorough the iron gates of life: He wants them to, roll all our strength and all Our sweetness up into one ball To roll everything up into 'one ball' suggests a physical joining together. In my opinion I think that Marvell should succeed in getting his "coy mistress" to sleep with him because he has made her happy and gave her good reasons for why it will be a good idea to sleep with him such as, she may be too old and then no-one will want to sleep with her. Tahir Ishaq Page 1 ...read more.

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