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To His Coy Mistress- In the beginning of the poem, the speaker explains to his mistress how much he would love to live f

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Samantha Shayevich September 25th 2006 E5X: Poetry Analysis -To His Coy Mistress- In the beginning of the poem, the speaker explains to his mistress how much he would love to live forever just to admire her every beauty and show her how much he loves her. He goes on to explain that he has loved her even prior to the start of eternity and even if she resists his love, he still will not mind and his love for her will continue to grow. A few lines later he continues to talk about his everlasting love. He begins to divide his love up between her body parts. He promises to her that he will dedicate a hundred years to her eyes. ...read more.


He says that time's chariot is hurrying near. This line sets the standard for the next stanza. This stanza is a little faster, and you can see that the narrator does not put as much thought into what he is saying. He then proceeds to tell her that they have eternity to be together, but her beauty will not last forever. It seems like he's starting to become less and less patient. He then murmurs that the worms are going to take her virginity, which is followed up by him saying that his lust is going to go to the grave with her. Now he is becoming pretty desperate. In the third stanza the narrator loses all hope. ...read more.


Throughout this poem the narrator loses his patience more and more, until eventually he is ready to go. His words go through a big change. They start out by being very compassionate at the beginning of the poem to being very anxious at the end. The message in this poem is very abstract; Marvell leaves it to us to decide; but the messages of "carpe diem" are very well shown and portrayed. -->Final Message: time is fleeting, awake and grab what it is that you want "and tear our pleasures with rough strife through the iron gates of life." Tearing things through the iron gates of life is like biting into life and doing what you want to do, no matter what anyone tells you to do, not family nor society and despite any barriers that may stand in your way. Just fight for what you want and never back down. ...read more.

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