To His Coy Mistress

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3 irregular stanzas The first stanza is the longest as it reflects the subject of the stanza; time. The second stanza is the shortest to
V1- Longest (reflecting length of emphasize his point that time is short. The last stanza reflects the form of a stanza to give the impression that
time) and conditional (Immortality) his solution is out of love and nothing more, despite the tone of his poem and other suggestions, that his
V2- Shorter and definite but intentions were not honourable.
exaggerated (Death)
V3- Sonnet and shows his `solution'
for present (Seduction)
Alliteration `long loves day', `thirty thousand' The long `l' sound stretches the phrase to make it sound delightfully lazy. `thirty thousand' years seem to take
Archaic language `thy' a long time with the repeated `th' sound. It emphasizes the poet's idea of infinite time or all the time in the
Caesura `Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide' world as he is in no rush to finish the phrase.
Repetition `Now'
Reflects the time period in which the poem was written in.
Exaggeration/Hyperboles `vaster than empires'
Enjambment `should grow vaster...' Caesura separates phrases. Demonstrates literally the long distance between them in the metaphor. This
Sibilance `stand still' supports the speaker as he doesn't sound thrilled by the idea of a long distance relationship.
Repetition of `Now' creates a sense of urgency and impulse which supports his case of getting her to sleep
with him.
The hyperbole in the first stanza tries to convince the `mistress' of the vast amounts of time the young man
would be prepared to spend flirting with his desirable girlfriend, before even considering consummating
their love
Literally shows his `vegetable love' growing over the line into the next, enforcing his point and speeding up
the rhythm of the line, showing his desperation and his need to be with her but also the speed at which his
`vegetable love' grows.
Sibilance enforces the speaker's seductive skills as it makes the speaker seem smooth and charismatic.
Metaphors `Deserts of vast eternity', `marble vault' `Deserts of vast eternity' suggests dry baroness where nothing will grow. This suggests no fertility and
Death `worms shall try that long-preserved definitely no place for enjoyable lustful pursuits. `Marble vault' produces imagery of a cold tomb with no
Personification of Time virginity' passion, warmth or feeling. `My echoing song' of love would just bounce futilely off the unresponsive walls.
Similes `Time's winged chariot'
Imagery of death is created as it suggests decomposition of a body and helps enforce his argument by saying
`like amorous birds of prey'
that she would have been a virgin only for creatures in the ground which is a waste.
Time is personified as a chariot driver chasing all mortals towards their deaths at the finishing post. This
conforms with the theme of the stanza of that time is running out.
The simile compares the way humans allow time gradually to eat away at their youth, to birds of prey who
`devour' their recent kill who just enjoy the present
Rhyming couplets `time' and `crime', `grow' and `slow' The rhyme and rhythm combination suggests that the speaker is enjoying the argument as the impression is
Regular rhythmic pattern given that he is not taking it seriously as rhyming couplets present a light, teasing tone and the speed and
bounce of both the metre and rhyme suggest they should not be taken seriously.

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Forceful/ blackmail Suggests he does not actually care for her but only her body. If he loved her, he would be more considerate to
Blunt her feelings and wishes rather than pressuring her.
Demanding Tries to seduce her with flattery, to convince his intentions are good
V1= Flattery
Trying to get her to sleep with him rather than go out with him.…read more


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