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To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell wrote his short poem To His Coy Mistress in a certain way to receive the answer that he wanted out of his mistress Marvell uses meter imagery and tone to persuade his lady to further commit in their relationship This poem has a very strong carpe diem or seize the day theme which is conveyed throughout the poem In general the meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter Marvell uses pauses as well as runs one line into the next without a pause to break up the neat pattern that the rhyme scheme of the poem imposes The first two lines for example contain internal pauses that break the tetrameter into shorter units Had we but world enough and time This coyness lady were no crime The third line contains no pauses and runs directly into the forth so that the rhyme runs opposite the rhythm of the couplet Near the end of the poem the lines seem to be coming out faster than at the beginning creating a sense of urgency from the speaker These last few lines are the lines in which the speaker talks about how the two should seize the day and live life to the fullest The use of imagery throughout the poem is an effective means of conveying his message to the lady His references to the Great Flood and the conversion of the Jews are both examples of biblical imagery His eternal love towards the lady is backed up by the timelessness of the Bible The references of the tomb are perhaps the greatest images of all the images of death Nothing depicts the urgency and shortness of life better than death Images that are implied in the last stanza are those of a race against time The goal is to try to beat time and though time will eventually win the runners must try to keep
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