Sieze The Day

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Sieze The Day




Sieze the Day!



Andrew Marvell wrote his short poem "To His Coy

Mistress" in a persuasive tone to allow the speaker to

convince his mistress, the listener, to succumb to his want.

Marvell uses meter, imagery, and tone to persuade his lady

to further commit in their relationship. This poem has a

very strong carpe diem or seize the day theme which Marvell

conveys throughout the poem.

In general, the meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter.

Marvell uses pauses as well as enjambment to break up the

neat pattern that the rhyme scheme of the poem imposes. The

first two lines, for example, contain internal pauses that

break the tetrameter into shorter units; "Had we but world

enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime." The

third line contains no pauses and runs directly into the

fourth, so that the rhyme runs opposite the rhythm of the

couplet. Near the end of the poem, the lines seem to be

coming out faster than at the beginning, creating a sense of

urgency as the speaker talks. These last few lines are the

lines in which the speaker talks about how the two should

seize the day and live life to the fullest.

The use of imagery throughout the poem is also an

effective means of conveying his message to the lady. His

references to the Great Flood and the conversion of the Jews

are both examples of biblical imagery. The timelessness of

the Bible backs up his eternal love towards his lady. The

references of the tomb are perhaps the greatest images of

all, the images of death. Nothing depicts the urgency and

shortness of life better than the expectation of death.

Images implied in the last stanza are those of a race

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