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Andrew Marvell in To His Coy Mistress presents an argument of love toreaders The argument comes from the speaker a man to a woman or to we theaudience The first half of the poem is the speaker trying to woo her Then the speakersays 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 couldHad we but world enough and time this coyness lady were no crime Wewould sit down and think which way to walk and pass our long loves day 1-4Then he tries to prove to this shy woman the amount of time he would spend admiringher He says that he would love her from the beginning of time until Judgment DayLove you ten years before the Flood and you should if you please refuse till the He has a large slow growing nature of affection and he will spend all of his yearsMy vegetable love should grow vaster than empires and more slow and hundredyears should go to praise thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze two hundred toadore each breast but thirty thousand to the rest an age at least to every part andthe last age should show your heart 11-18He says that the length of time is all right due to her beautyFor lady you deserve this state nor would I love at lower rate 19The argument now changes to its darker side Marvell uses metaphors to say thattime is passing by quickly and death awaits themTimes winged chariot hurrying near and yonder all before us lie deserts of vastHe makes reference to a grave and a burial service saying that it is an unsuitable place forNor in thy marble vault shall sound my echoing song then worms shall try thatlong-preserved virginity and your quaint honor turn to dust and into ashes all mylust the graves is a fine a private place but
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