Andrew Marvell’s, "To His Coy Mistress"

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Seduction, voluntary or involuntary, relates to many of our lives.. Andrew Marvell?s poem, "To His Coy Mistress," is a contaminated breath of reality, it is a poem about seduction. The reality of it is that we will not live forever, and that we should not wait until tomorrow to do the things that we can do today. Through his brilliance and the profound use of his poem?s speaker, Marvell?s poem "To His Coy Mistress," will be discussed in literary classes till the end of time. The speaker of Marvell?s poem flatters his mistress, offers images of death, and fiery passion in his attempts to seduce his mistress.

In the first of three sections of the poem, the speaker uses flattery in his attempt at seducing his reader ? the coy mistress. The speaker starts wooing his mistress by telling her how things would be if time could stand still: "Had we world enough and time / This coyness, lady, were no crime / We would sit down, and think which way / To walk, and past are long loves day" (1-4).

The speaker attempts to assure his mistress that his love would be unhurried, "My vegetable love should grow," or taken as slow as the mistress would want, if they were immortal. In these lines, he is trying explain to his mistress that he would love her forever if in fact, forever existed, and that she should give in to his lustful intentions. In a different attempt at flattering his mistress, the speaker uses distances to show that his love would be true, her? "from the Indian Gangs," and him? "by the tide/Of Humber" (5-7). The speaker then tells her that he admires her beauty, and if time would allow, he would "gaze upon her...