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To His Coy Mistress, How does the authour effectively explore the concepts of tempus fugit and carpe diem. Standard Grade English- achevied grade one

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"To His Coy Mistress" Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" effectively explores the concepts of carpe diem and tempus fugit. On the surface the poem appears to be a comic story of young man attempting to seduce his mistress however, metaphysical poet Marvell skilfully uses this persona to explore the theme of time and emphasises the challenges it creates and the limitations it imposes on us. Through clever imagery, persuasive techniques and effective word choice he stresses that "time flies" and we should the "seize the day". In the thesis of the poem Marvell creates idyllic scene where Marvell's persona can spend each long day adoring his mistress. However the use of the conditional statement in the first line, "had we but world enough, and time" makes it clear this is a non-existent scenario which could never happen. If only life wasn't so short they would be spending each moment together: this is implied through the use of the personal pronoun "we" within the first stanza. ...read more.

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In addition to appreciating her internal qualities Marvell goes on the state exaggerated scales of time he would spend taking in her beauty but he makes it clear "the last age should show your heart". He would spend the most time adoring her inner beauty, her emotion and personality if time was on his side. Unfortunately they have limited time on earth together and it is not possible for him to admire her as he would wish to. Marvell is expressing the point that this connection they have is for a limited period as one day death will come. The second stanza presents the antithesis of the argument and is negative towards his lady in comparison to the first stanza. He makes it clear her beauty is constantly under threat by time so she should seize the opportunity her beauty brings to her. He tells her after life all that waits are : "deserts of vast eternity" The word choice of "deserts" portrays the afterlife as large, lifeless and endless. ...read more.

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They will become one and tackle time and its limitations instead of being limited by time. He wants them to "tear our pleasures with rough strife", they need to fight to have these moments together, they can't just sit back and allow time to slowly devour them. If they work together to seize this moment they will break "the iron gates of life". The speaker finishes his oration with: "Thus, though we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run." He returns to the image of the sun and time, he knows they can't stop it passing but they can make the most of the time they have. Continuing the theme of togetherness he uses the imperative form giving certainty to. He and his mistress should be chasing his time and the opportunities it brings to them. To conclude, Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" effectively explores the concepts of carpe diem and tempus fugit. By using the theme of time he shows the hold it has on us all and any moment given should be seized. A worthwhile opportunity should not be wasted as "time flies". ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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