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The Non-Discriminatory Nature of Time in Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress Time passes Its journey is oblivious to power weakness beauty or mercy The nature of time itself lies in its unrelenting progression through life until we are removed from its favor and then wither and die The purpose of most carpe diem poetry is to draw a characters attention usually the female to the pressing nature of times progress as well as illustrating the bountiful rewards of seizing the moment and giving into the momentary passions of life Andrew Marvells poem To His Coy Mistress is a classic example of carpe diem poetry exemplifying the foreboding nature of time Its distinction from similar works however lies in its inherent ability to express the ominous nature of times advancement in terms of both the male and females perspectives Rather than lament about missed opportunities To His Coy Mistress actually serves to force one to consider how we compartmentalize time into stages of life and thus commit ourselves to its mercy without allowing ourselves to relish its immediate rewards Marvells sense of time affects both his characters in unique ways and therefore unites their plight as a human cause rather than a gender based issue Andrew Marvell expresses this point by structuring his poem into three components that propose the issues of times existence its limited availability and finally a solution of sorts The first section of To His Coy Mistress serves the task of identifying that time is a limited commodity and thus can not be wasted Immediately the speaker states openly that Had we but world enough and time This coyness lady were no crime 1-2 The implication here if taken at face value suggests that the mistress coyness is a crime only because of the lack of time available The speaker continues with We would sit down and think which way To walk and pass our long loves day 3-4
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