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"To His Coy Mistress" By: Andrew Marvell
Transcript of "To His Coy Mistress" By: Andrew Marvell
Kimberly Nunez "To His Coy Mistress"
Andrew Mevall click to add text Main Ideas: Lines 1-10 Lines 11-20 Lines 31-40 Lines 21-30 The speaker is basically saying Einstein's theory of relativity. If you could go faster than the speed of light time around you could slow down. This would be a way of saving their young and beautiful love forever. To stop time. Lines 41-46 Connections 1) At first the speaker is talking about how he would go back in time and spend all eternity complimenting this woman until he got to her heart. 2) But life is short and death is coming soon. Everyone and everything dies. It all has to end eventually. 3) However if we have sex we purse time
instead of it pursing us. If we move fast and quick enough we could stop time. Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime
We would sit down and think which way
To walk and pass our long love's day
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews. He is saying he would travel through time with her and go to romantic places. He talks about taking her to different holy places. For example the Indian Ganges River. Also talks about going back in time when Jesus flooded the earth and fast forwarding to when Hitler was alive. He states he would love her through all of these different time periods. My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, Lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate. Vegetable love is an allusion to sex where vegetables are the body parts. Yet the speaker is also saying he wants to make love that is not pressured by anything but a natural nourishing process. And he says if he had the time he would go back to complement each individual body part, eyes, breast,etc. After all this complementing though he expects her to show her love by having relations with him in which she does deserve the best. But at my back I always here
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
The beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust: However the speaker goes on to tell that time is coming for them. That all things die and it will all turn to dust and sand enough to fill a desert for life. Time makes everyone old and ugly and if she doesnt make love to him now then the worms in her grave will steal it from her. The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapt power. The speaker then stops with the morbidity and tells how glowing and young she is. How they should play games pretending they are birds mating. He says time is eating away ate them and the only way to turn these tables is to have sex. Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run. hhh 1)Time-Pink Floyd 2) Only The Good Die Young- Billy Joel 3)"The Parting Of Ways" Doctor Who so.....