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To his coy Mistress.

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To his coy Mistress To his coy mistress is a persuasive poem concerned with the art of seduction. The poem is split into three distinctive sections, each with its own method of showing affection and portraying Marvell's annoyance towards a lack of sexual stimulation. Marvell has written cleverly in order to place the reader in his mistresses' position; this makes the reader more emotionally involved and is used as a persuasive technique to show that his words are personal to each individual. "I would love you ten years..."The use of the personal pronouns 'I' and 'you' implicates to the reader (who has taken the position as his mistress) that they are unique. The title of the poem suggests that the poem concerns the subject of an illicit affair, this can be assumed from examining the word 'mistress' which holds derogative connotation, but due to the previous word 'coy', all negative implications are confused with the innocence of being shy. ...read more.


At the time when this was written, religion, especially Christianity, played an integral part in everyday life. His mistress would indeed be flattered in knowing that he went to such lengths to exaggerate. Despite his early use of seductive techniques, his seedy and egotistical manner shines through, "My vegetable love should grow Vaster than empires more slow." The use of a phallic symbol shows to both the reader and his mistress his base desires. It is at this point that the transition from emotional want to physical lust has been made. At key points in this poem, Marvell tries to elevate his mistress' status. This is done to make his mistress feel flattered, and for his previous words, which may have been improper to be regarded as a joke and not to be taken seriously. "Two hundred to adore each breast... For, lady, you deserve this state" His reference to physical attributes reaffirms to the reader his intentions are anything but good. ...read more.


In the third stanza, Marvell disregards his previous method of seduction; flattery, and converts to using passionate imagery and vocabulary. In line thirty-five a declarative statement tells his mistress exactly what he thinks, leaving no room for error or interpretation, "And while thy willing soul transpires". Marvell is indicating to his mistress that she is ready. 'Instant fires' is the image conjured up to represent passion and the use of a simile highlights further his chauvinistic attitude to making love, "...Like am'rous birds of prey" is the simile used and it evokes debauched bestial imagery. The finishing lines of the poem make use of a pun to indicate the birth of a child and the notion that no one can make time stop passing. "Thus, though we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run." The word sun is a homophone of the word son. This line when said would make his mistress feel happy, as sex was not the only thing on his mind. ...read more.

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