a brilliant English poet, satirist, and politician
His Marvelous Life
- born on March 31, 1621
- grew up in the Yorkshire town of Hull, England
- his father was a reverand
- at 12, he studied at Trinity College in Cambridge
- 4 years later, 2 of his poems were published
- recieved his bachelor's degree in 1639
- in the 1650's he worked as a tutor
- in 1657 he was appointed John Milton's Latin secretary
- in 1660 he was elected to Parliament (will serve for 18 years)
- traveled to Holland, Russia, Denmark, Spain, and Sweden
- died on August 16, 1678 in London from a fever
- 3 years after his death, his works were published in Miscellaneous Poems
- Mary Marvell wrote the preface of the book and was not actually his wife
- a metaphysical poet
- not a puritan, experienced some Catholicism in his youth
- wrote satrirical poems criticing Parliament and Cromwellian government
- rumor that the Jesuits (targets of Marvell's work) poisoned him
- he bailed John Milton out of jail
To His Coy Mistress Poem
To His Coy Mistress Text
Lines 1-2: topic of his argument (time and sex)- you can’t stop time, but you can change places with it (sex allows them to pursue time, instead of time pursuing them)
Lines 3-13: what he would do with eternity if he had all the time in the world to wait for the woman to make her decision about losing her virginity
Lines 14-20: a flattering examination of her body
Lines 21-32: a discussion on the nature of death and how it would affect their relationship Lines 33-46: returns to opening statement
Literary Devices and Techniques
- "ten years before the flood"- story of Noah
- "till the conversion of the Jews"- rejection of Jesus as Messiah
- "time's winged chariot"- Apollo
-Simile- "the youthful hue sits on thy skin like morning dew"
-Alliteration- "love and lower"
- "And while thy willing Soul transpires At every pore with instant Fires"- heat of desire
- "my vegetable love"- slow growing love over time
- "time's winged chariot"- power, speed, and inevitability of time, he wants to be hasty
- "marble vault"- the death of his beautiful lady and her grave
- Indian Ganges' to Humber
- dessert and sky
Bruce E. Miller discuses the “faulty logic” in “To His Coy Mistress.” Miller claims that the argument is presented as illogical because Marvell does not actually support the speaker.
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"PostPoems Be Artistic. Be Creative. Be Inspired!" Analysis of Andrew Marvell's Poem "To His Coy Mistress". Web. 19 Feb. 2016. <http://www.postpoems.org/authors/cynosure/poem/906050>.
Shmoop Editorial Team. "To His Coy Mistress." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 17 Feb. 2016. <http://www.shmoop.com/to-his-coy-mistress/>.