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To His Coy Mistress Analysis

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Curtis Pye 29/01/08 To His Coy Mistress Analysis In this essay I will be analysing "To His Coy Mistress" written by Andrew Marrel in the 17th century and also "Party Piece", which was written by Brian Patten in the 20th Century. I Will look to see how attitudes towards sex have changes through the years. "To His Coy Mistress" involves a man (possibly the writer) writing to a woman, trying to persuade her to have sex with him. When the poem was written in the mid 1600's attitudes towards sex were very different to what they are today; Sex then was frowned upon of someone if undertaken before marriage, and also Men seemed to be "Dominant" over the woman, while it is more equal today. Men, who had sex before marriage in these times, took pride if they did, and with woman it was quite opposite. Woman who did would never be able to marry, because most men at this period of time wanted an "Untouched" Woman to marry. ...read more.


The writer then starts to exaggerate his love, just to show how passionate he is about her. He firstly explains to her that he doesn't want to touch her, he just wants to take time to look at her body; "A hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze." But he then goes on to say the following; "Two hundred years to adore each breast: But thirty thousand to the rest." This could give the impression that the sexual side of him is out once again, but he uses a hyperbole to try and show that it was just a joke perhaps? In the second section, the tone of the poem changes, this is because the writer starts a new paragraph with "But", this means that he is either taking back everything he has just said, or he his contradicting himself. Straight away, he uses a metaphor to express that there isn't all the time in the world, and the end is getting near. ...read more.


"Now therefore, while the youthful hue" Sits on thy skin like morning dew" He is now saying she is very beautiful to try and grasp her attention. He then continues to try and excite his lover; "At every pore with instant fires, Now let us sport us while we may" These sentences are filled with passion, to really grab his loves attention, as he is trying to express that he wants sex right now. The reader may also notice that "Now" is used again, repetition, this would also help to get the reader's attention. The writer then uses repetition once again to make sure he has still got his lover still connected to the letter. "And Now, like amorous birds of prey" There is also a simile used here to make sure he maintains her interest. In the last part of the poem, the writer tries to think of different ways to have sex, to make sure that she takes notice. "Through the iron gates of life" This could possibly mean a chastity belt. And he also personificates time, to express that they will enjoy themselves. ...read more.

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