Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”: The Essence of Time
particularly active when the case involves the female species. In Andrew
Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” the author shows how his creative mind is put
to use. Marvell, uses time in an attempt to manipulate his coy mistress.
Time is depicted in three different manners. First, Marvell uses “ideal
time.” In ideal time, he tells how many years he would spend loving her if they
were given the opportunity. He explains to his mistress that if time allowed,
implicates “real time,” to persuade her to become accessible to him. In real
her pride if she doesn’t give in. Finally, the use of “optimum time” plays on
Marvell tells his mistress that the act would be almost animalistic and intense.
Throughout the poem, he uses the phases of time in an attempt to frighten her
into having sex with him.
All three stanza’s in the poem represent a different time frame. The
believe he would give all he has to her as long as time will permit. During
the second stanza, Marvell plays on her fear of getting old. He warns her that
her beauty isn’t everlasting and that she will end up unhappy alone if she
doesn’t give in. Marvell’s use of optimum time, the best time, show’s his
emotions. He appears to become aggravated. This seems to be his ace in the
the situation of right here, right now.
mistress portrays the male’s ability to come up with what appeals to the
the Hell out of his Coy Mistress.