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The Argument of the Poem Andrew Marvell in To His Coy Mistress presents an argument of love to readers The argument comes from the speaker a man to a woman or to we the audience The first half of the poem is the speaker trying to woo her Then the speaker says that they are running out of time and death is upon them Marvells argument begins with if we had all the time in the world then we could take the time to love Had we but world enough and time this coyness lady were no crime We would sit down and think which way to walk and pass our long loves day 1-4 Then he tries to prove to this shy woman the amount of time he would spend admiring her He says that he would love her from the beginning of time until Judgment Day Love you ten years before the Flood and you should if you please refuse till the conversion of the Jews 8-9 He has a large slow growing nature of affection and he will spend all of his years admiring all the parts of her body My vegetable love should grow vaster than empires and more slow and hundred years should go to praise thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze two hundred to adore each breast but thirty thousand to the rest an age at least to every part and the last age should show your heart 11-18 He says that the length of time is all right due to her beauty For lady you deserve this state nor would I love at lower rate 19 The argument now changes to its darker side Marvell uses metaphors to say that time is passing by quickly and death awaits them Times winged chariot hurrying near and yonder all before us lie deserts of vast eternity 22-24 He makes reference to
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