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Unformatted text preview: to kill and time to act; in fact, there will be time to do many things. He keeps using words like time to reiterate the fact that he has options. This phrase, there will be time, replies to the opening line of "To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell, another poet: "Had we but world enough, and time." In Marvell's poem, the speaker/persona urges his beloved not to be coy but instead to seize the momentto take advantage of youth and "sport us while we may." Prufrock, of course, continually postpones everthing, even meeting a woman, saying "There will be time." So the word choice behind this section of the poem really gives us an insight to the uneasy feelings this character has throughout the poem....
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- Spring '08