Seize the Day My Coy Mistress Essay

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Seize the Day My Coy Mistress

"Seize the day." The form of carpe diem poetry is generally consistent, almost to the
point of being predictable. Though Andrew Marvell works with the same concepts, his
modifications to them were well-considered. In "To His Coy Mistress," Marvell makes use of
allusion, metaphor, and grand imagery in order to convey a mood of majestic endurance and
innovatively convey the carpe diem motif. In "To his Coy Mistress," Marvell uses images
and tools stress how he wishes his love to be- tranquil and drawn out. Rather than
beginning with a focus on the concept of death, he opens the poem with the lines, "Had we
but world enough, and time / This coyness, lady, were no crime" (ll. 1-2) He will later
take on the trappings of the carpe diem poem, but his focus will then be on the grandeur
and passion of love, rather than its instability.

To begin to slow the passage of time in his poem, Marvell makes references to past and
future events on a grand scale. His allusions to religious scripture early on in the poem
give the impression of vast ages passing, spanning most of time itself.

...I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews. (ll. 7-10)

The period from ten years before the flood until the conversion of the Jews crosses a
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