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Now And Then Time is a major factor in any carpe diem poem in order to give emphasis to its meaning seize the day Marvells concept of time changes constantly in his poem To His Coy Mistress but this is to be expected in any poem that tries to convince by creating a utopia followed by the harsh realities of the real world that opposes it There are three stanzas in the poem each one presenting different periods of time In order to emphasize the carpe diem motif though he does not present each stanza in chronological order Instead he goes from the illusionary past into the death-defying future in order to state the need for action in the present-day This is largely hinted in each introductory temporal transition of Had But and Now The pattern of Marvells poem is roughly in this form If there were enough time the speaker would continue on courting his mistress forever but time is disappearing fast so they must take advantage of the moments they currently have an d express their love with one another there is no time to be coy Had the speaker but world enough and time he would seduce and flirt with his mistress forever This word Had which is the past tense and past participle of have largely indicates that the first stanza is in fact in the past that stretches on for centuries This fantasy world Marvell creates treats time like a slow waltz in which the speaker confesses his love for the mistress for eons and takes his time in praising each aspect of her body for a long number of years But then as if anticipating the urgency of the next section of the poem the speaker breaks off his list of her attributes and quickly assigns thirty thousand to the rest Because of the state the speaker is in centuries seem to pass by in minutes for
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