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Hearts and Partners: To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell wrote this poem in the 17th century, a period when the English Civil War took place.

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Hearts and Partners: To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell wrote this poem in the 17th century, a period when the English Civil War took place. He was a very skilled politician and therefore was good at expressing his ideas and outlooks on issues. In "To His Coy Mistress", Marvell expresses his attitude towards love and on women "preserving their virginity". Marvell writes in a very metaphysical style i.e. he writes with the whole of his soul and mind. This poem is about trying to persuade women who act coyly (they temporise/play games, to delay having sex), that it is a waste of time and they should have sex now, while they are still young and beautiful, instead of pointlessly preserving their virginity until death - ""Now let us sport us while we may;". When the poem begins, Marvell is very mocking of love and time. He is very humorous and uses sexual references - "My vegetable love should grow". The message he conveys to the reader in this first section of the poem is that he would love and accept his mistress' coyness... ...read more.

Middle

A lot of Marvell's political background seeps out of this poem, through the way he has structured his argument and been assertive by using connectives - "Now, therefore while the youthful hue". There are a lot of references to time in this poem - "Thou by the Indian Ganges' side, Should'st rubies find". It takes a lifetime to find rubies (infinite time), and Marvell is saying that is what it is like, waiting for sex. He uses the metaphor, "Time's winged chariot hurrying near". In the literal sense this means that time is catching up on them both. Marvell is saying that he and his mistress don't have enough time together to play games, so let's have sex now! He also makes references to the sun in "To His Coy Mistress". For example, "we cannot make our sun, Stand still, yet we will make him run". Marvell is saying that because they can't make time 'stop', they might as well make it go quickly, by enjoying themselves. The obvious solution to this is to have sex now! ...read more.

Conclusion

He is presenting an argument, like a politician, and does not show his feelings to great extent. We only learn that he feels that coyness frustrates him. He wants to have sex with the mistress now and he is tired of her playing games. Another element Marvell has integrated into the poem is rhythmic form. The lines rhyme in couplets (it's rhyme scheme) in iambic pentameters. The rhythm of the poem changes at lines 21 and 45, by the use of the connectives "But" and "And". On both occurrences the pace of the poem speeds up. I find this extremely clever because Marvell is emphasising the fact that he wants to speed up time, but also this makes it similar to sex in that it becomes orgasmic towards the end. I think the cleverest rhyme in the poem is "eternity" with "virginity". These words are 4 lines apart and are effective when the middle section quickens in pace. I enjoyed this poem as it presented a good argument and some clear feelings. Marvell has been honest about his opinion on sex and religion, and has succeeded in persuading me that there is little time to waste, so why play games? Andrew Evans 11O set 1 Mr. Sewell ...read more.

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