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The poem 'To his coy mistress' was written in the seventeenth century by Andrew Marvell.

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To his coy mistress The poem 'To his coy mistress' was written in the seventeenth century by Andrew Marvell. It is a metaphysical poem, which means it's lyric, contains many striking images, is very intense and uses strong metaphors. It is concerned with a young man who is trying to persuade a young woman to have sex with him by charming and rushing her into it because he only has one thing on his mind. In the poem he uses three different arguments, flattery, fear and passion to persuade her to his point of view. In the first section Andrew Marvell uses flattery, he does this by telling her that if he had all the time in the world he would use it by telling her how beautiful she is and stare into her eyes but he doesn't have this time and he knows this so he's using his charm and persuasion to get her to sleep with him, a quote from this first section to support this is, 'An hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze Two hundred to adore each breast But thirty thousand to the rest' He also tells her how beautiful she looks by comparing her to exotic, mysterious and different places in the world, he would have used this ...read more.

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her think about if she leaves it till she is old or dead that he will not be there to sympathise and the worms will be the only thing that benefits from her dead, virgin body, 'Thy beauty shall no more be found, Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound My echoing song; then worms shall try That long preserved virginity' He mentions her 'quaint honour' and makes out that her honour is something silly or trivial, he make outs that all her morals and honour is all very nice and respectable but it doesn't mean anything to him, quaint is also a word for her genitals back in the 17th century and in the same sentence he says that if she doesn't use her genitals for any good they might as well turn to dust, 'And your quaint honour turn to dust, And into ashes all my lust' He tells her that if she doesn't do it with him right there right now that the grave is the only place she is ever going to receive 'love', this is quite shocking as the grave is symbolised as a place of rest and peace and is a religious place of harmony, 'The grave's a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace' The language in the second stanza has lots of double meanings such as 'grave' meaning a place you embrace when you're dead and also meaning serious. ...read more.

Conclusion

I love this poem it has great persuasive language, double meaning and intense metaphorical use. I really like the way Andrew Marvell has split the poem into three parts to make distinct difference between the emotions the young man is going through to persuade the woman. I really like the second stanza because it shows the mans true colours about the way he feels, I think from what he says here the woman you can tell he just wants her for sex and that he really doesn't respect her morals or even respect her heart. I really don't think this man is successful because he doesn't give the woman anything that he's told her, he has just made promises and has judged this woman by thinking she will be easily persuaded with out really knowing her. The poem is trying to pursue the importance that life is short and make the most of what you are given but also that words and promises aren't worth anything with out trust and respect. It also suggests that you should stick by your beliefs and do not betray your own morals because you could be giving them up for nothing in return, just like, if the young woman did decide to have sex with the man then she will be left hurt and used with no pride in saying that she stuck by her guns. ...read more.

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