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Marvells To His Coy Mistress is succinctly vulgar His witty and eloquent speeches may seem impressive however they bear a tone of frustration and vulgar lust From this it is evident that the speaker has failed several times before at winning the ladys love and therefore is using eclectic methods and techniques to convince the mistress the carpe diem tradition Marvells usage of lofty figurative languages and allusions in the first stanza resembles a petrarchan sonnet where it embellishes the idea of love with the linguistic art However when followed by the second and the last stanza which are antagonistic in their sense feeling tone and intention the elaborate and eloquent speeches descent into the realm of vulgarity because the contrast reveals the true and cunning purpose of the speaker In the first stanza the speaker establishes a premise and based on the premise he praises the ladys state Whether or not the speakers intention is honest or superficial most 17th century mistresses I assume would have appreciated the poetry until they reached the second stanza A beautiful allusion to Bible and to the Christian tradition can be found in lines 9 to 11 The Flood refers to Noahs flood it symbolizes the beginning of time because from Christian perspective the Noahs flood was the purification and the rebirth of human race from sins The conversions of the Jews may sound a little anti-Semitic because according to the Christian belief the Jews were to be converted to Christianity just before the Last Judgement and despite the issue the allusion indicates the end of time The speaker would willingly love her without any approval or response for eternity In addition the speaker hyperbolically adores the each sections of the mistresss body and sets a period of time of adoration per each part A sense of pervert and lecherousness is subtly implied because the speaker seems too fastidious and extremely obsessed about the body Nevertheless the rhyming
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