To His Coy Mistress By Marvell

To His Coy Mistress By Marvell

Marvells Use of Sound in “To His Coy Mistress”
At first glance, Andrew Marvels poem “To His Coy Mistress” is a fairly typical carpe diem poem, in which the speaker tells his beloved that they should “seize the day” and have sex now instead of waiting until they are married. Today, the speakers speech may seem sexist in its attitude toward women and irresponsible in its attitude toward the coy mistress (the speaker doesnt explain how he would seize the day if the woman became pregnant, for example). Still, if we look beyond the limited perspective of the speaker himself, we can see that Marvell is making a statement about how all of us (regardless of gender or involvement in relationships) should savor the pleasures of the moment. For the poet, there are two kinds of attitude toward the present: (1) activities in the present are judged by their impact on the future, and (2) there is no future state–all activities occur in the present and can only be enjoyed or evaluated by their impact at that moment. The mistress would like to postpone sex (theoretically until she and the speaker are married). The speaker wants to consummate their physical relationship

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