To his coy mistress

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The speaker in Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” is a man who is addressing a silent listener, who happens to be his mistress. In this dramatic monologue the speaker tries to explain his feelings to his mistress. The speaker uses many allusions to empires and other objects, events and ideas that are not directly related to his feelings, in order to explain how he feels. He uses these allusions to exaggerate his feelings …

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…more time with his lover, he will instead use his time that he has, to the fullest extent. The allusions used in this poem, are what make this poem. With out these clever allusions, this poem would be a basic plea to ones lover, to have a little bit more excitement and fun in what time two people have together. It is the allusions that make us feel the strength of the speaker’s feelings.