Coy Mistress Essay

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Some people might suggest that To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell, is a poem showing a man's argument to a woman in which the speaker is trying to persuade her to have sex with him. People might also say that the woman does not care for the man, and she will deny him of his desire, sex, because she hardly knows him. His argument suggests that the speaker knows the woman well enough to know personal things, such as her feelings on premarital sex. His argument suggests that the speaker and the mistress are in a relationship and he wants it to go further. His playfulness, and poetic devices are really just ways of showing that he wants to take their relationship to the next step by forming a special bond that only comes from sexual intimacy. To His Coy Mistress argues that even though certain moral views are important to uphold, the morals should not serve as a block between two people with mutual chemistry. To His Coy Mistress, displays characteristics of a woman to whom the speaker is addressing his argument, however, coy has a variety of different definitions. A coy person can be described as shy, timid, or reluctant about something for a purpose. The title connects to the first and second line because the speaker tells the audience which denotation of coy she really is: "Had we but world enough, and time, / this coyness, lady, were no crime.” This quotation suggests that the woman is reluctant to do something, but the speaker tries not to insult her by saying that if they had an infinite amount of time, her act of coyness would be acceptable. Also, by the speaker describing her as "coy," it can be taken that he knows something about her personality, a key indication that they know each other well, and that they hold special feelings for one another. The title of the poem provides the readers with valuable information about the speaker and who he addresses it
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