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Few would argue that on the surface level of Marvels To His Coy Mistress the speaker is a lover advancing a conventional carpe diem line of thought He systematically reasons with his desired object about the futility of delaying their interlude when the hours available to them are limited but the lyric may simultaneously function as a metaphor for Marvels endeavors as a metaphysical poet Metaphysical writers view poetry as an intellectual exercise an opportunity to develop ideas in a logical argumentative structure for them the object of poetry is not to serve as an outlet for an effusion of emotional sentiments If one approaches To a Coy Mistress as a discussion of the pressures which time places upon a writer Marvels apostrophe takes on an ironic twist He uses his analytical skills to coax his writing to manifest his intended desires providing a playful look at the connection between a man and his work Complicating this relationship is the necessity of negotiating under the terms and constraints of an outside third party time Marvel battles to balance his time between his public occupation as a member of the British Parliament the Hull and his more private pursuits as a writer The superficially apparent pleas of a lover seeking a relationship serve as a mirror to Marvels struggle to conquer his artistic prowessThe poem itself contains three distinct components of argumentation all which occur within a syllogistic framework The argumentation of each division begins with an acknowledged impossibility represented by the conditional tenses of Had we But and Now therefore Marvel comprehends his incapacity to master absolutely the antagonist of time but in this poem he achieves a victory through the creation of an interpretation of time unbounded by a linear backdrop He uses a three tiered progression of argumentation 1 a reflection of the writing process removed from traditional conceptions of time 2 discourse on the urgency of creating written material within human time
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