|Sieze The Day
Sieze the Day!
Andrew Marvell wrote his short poem “To His Coy
Mistress” in a persuasive tone to allow the speaker to
convince his mistress, the listener, to succumb to his want.
Marvell uses meter, imagery, and tone to persuade his lady
to further commit in their relationship. This poem has a
very strong carpe diem or seize the day theme which Marvell
conveys throughout the poem.
In general, the meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter.
Marvell uses pauses as well as enjambment to break up the
neat pattern that the rhyme scheme of the poem imposes. The
first two lines, for example, contain internal pauses that
break the tetrameter into shorter units; “Had we but world
enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime.” The
third line contains no pauses and runs directly into the
fourth, so that the rhyme runs opposite the rhythm of the
couplet. Near the end of the poem, the lines seem to be...