Andrew Marvell Essay

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The To his coy mistress In Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress" mirrors the the idea of "carpe diem." The speaker is trying to persuade the woman he is pursuing to live for today. The speaker uses three tactics or allusions to convince his mistress to see the situation his way. These tactics or idealism,realism, and sythesis or what I like to call the "therefore method" to to exaggerate his feelings and sway his mistress to sleep with him. Idea, by definition, is an opinion or belief. In literature it is primarily the authors opinion or belief. In Andrew Marvel’s “To His Coy Mistress”, Marvels main idea is to live for today because tomorrow is promised to no one. The idea is broken down into three categories. The piece contains Marvels three ideas of, thesis (idealism), antithesis (realism), and synthesis (therefore), which become apparent as the piece continues. Each category represents something new in the poem. He takes different turns and looks at the same situation differently each time. In the thesis statement “had we but world enough and time” it becomes evident that Marvel is referring to a “what if”. As he begins to tell his mistress, that if they had enough time then he would spend each precious moment with her, but because time is limited they must act on their lust for each other while they are still young and fruitful. Ideally it would be the authors dream to be with his mistress for centuries or even eternities on end. The idea is to show how everything is based on time and without time we would have no boundaries. “Had we but World enough, and Time…. We would sit down, and think which way to walk, and pass our long loves day… An hundred years should grow to praise.” (Lines 1-12, Marvel) The second idea is that of realism in which the reality of his situation kicks in. He realizes and brings to her attention that they don’t have
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