The Argument of the Poem
Andrew Marvell in “To His Coy Mistress,” presents an argument of love to
readers. The argument comes from the speaker, a man to a woman, or to we the
audience. The first half of the poem is the speaker trying to woo her. Then the speaker
says that they are running out of time and death is upon them.
Marvell’s argument begins with if we had all the time
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uses the word “Now” to make a point
that life is now. Ironically, Marvell gave the image of light and the image of brightness,
with his use of the sun and the “instant fires,” to give a luster and to show the idea of her
giving up her shyness or coyness. This contrasted with the darkness, and essential
remorse that life is not eternal, which is the key to getting what he wants from her.