'To His Coy Mistress' -Andrew Marvell (Literary Devices (Metaphor…
'To His Coy Mistress'
Line 4- “To walk, and pass our long love’s day” he compares the life span of his and his mistress to one day
Line 11- “My vegetable love should grow”, he compares his love with slow growth of vegetables
Line 35- The sound of /l/ in “And while thy willing soul transpires”
Imagery is used in Lines 5, 22, 24 and Line 27+28
There is assonance in Line 9- The sound of /ou/ in “And you should, if you please, refuse”
Hyperbole is used in Line 5- “Two hundred to adore each breast”
Line 34- “Sits on thy skin like morning dew” the poet compares woman’s youthful skin to morning dew
Line 21+22- The use of enjambment shows that the poet has sketched a very vivid and realistic picture of the transience of life and his quest for love.
The rhyming couplets are mostly full end rhyme, aabbccdd (shows a tight knit relationship)
English, Metaphysical Poet
(31 March 1621—16 August 1678) (weebly, 2020).
Poet in the renaissance era (weebly, 2020).
Andrew Marvell thinks that time is a villain out to get him. He wants to control time- Marvell’s poem gives us an opportunity to explore the mystery of time
If time is the super-villain of Andrew Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress," then having sex is the super-power he needs to gain control over his enemy. But, sex isn’t so easy to come by.
The speaker presents his vision of the afterlife- he thinks that dying is the ultimate lack of control.
'To His Coy Mistress' focuses on the lustful desires of a man attempting to entice a female virgin, the mistress, into sexual intimacy.
First published in 1681- three years after Marvell's death
The poem is a tour de force, and has come to be known as a seduction poem or carpe diem (seize or pluck the day) poem.