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Peter De Vriess To His Importunate Mistress written in 1986 is a parody of Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress written in 1681 De Vriess updated version uses the same structure and metaphors to mock the notions presented by Marvells 17th century poem To His Importunate Mistress reflects stereotypical characteristics that are associated with the 20th century such as egotistical behavior over importance of money lack of love and lack of shame While To His Coy Mistress speaks of love and praise which are known to be sentiments of the past The title of Marvells poem hints to the situation the speaker is involved in A coy mistress suggests a shy and demure female that is very retiring or might also suggest a female pretending to be shy or modest His speaker expresses his sincerity in order to seduce this coy mistress into sleeping with him Using the carpe diem approach he proposes sex as the ultimate way of utilizing their time together Had we but world enough and time we would sit down and think which wayto walk and pass our long loves day is a passage from the poem that refers to how he would praise her if he had an eternity to do so His references to how he would take hundreds of years to praise each one of her features are ways of hinting to the female on how short life can be He also says then worms shall try that long preserved virginity which essentially says she is better off losing her virginity to him since worms will inevitably penetrate after death and will deny any female of being a virgin forever Also illustrated time being of essence he uses the metaphor of times winged chariot to represent death and how it will soon come to take both of them away This metaphor contradicts the popular view of death being an awful occurrence He sees death only as a
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