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St. Jean-Pierre 1Kalene St. Jean-PierreEng. 262 Poetry Analysis/ ExplicationDr. RossignolOctober 11, 2015Poetry Analysis/Explication of Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”“To His Coy Mistress” is a poem depicting the sexual desires and feelings of infatuation of the narrator. In Andrew Marvell’s poem “To His Coy Mistress”, the title appears asif the author is reciting something he read while glancing mindlessly or deliberately over someone’s shoulder. Of course said person would be the speaker. The reason being is that the author used third person to describe ownership of the mistress as seen with the word “His” as opposed to “My”. It appears as if the author happened upon a man who was penning a letter to the object of his affection pleading with her to consider entering a sexual relationship with him. It also appears that the poem is the recital of what the author saw while glimpsing over the shoulder of the man.The title further serves to represent what the speaker thinks of the individual he is speaking to. According to the Oxford Online Dictionary, one definition for mistress is “A woman (other than the man’s wife) having a sexual relationship with a married man”. The Oxford Online Dictionary further goes on to provide mistress as meaning “A woman loved and courted by a man.” This definition appears to be more appropriate than the first as the reader willlater find out throughout the poem as the speaker is trying to entice the woman to sleep with him and since he has not yet succeeded, definition one does not suffice. The Oxford Online Dictionary goes on to define coy as “(Especially with reference to a woman) making a pretense of shyness or modesty which is intended to be alluring” If one was to look at these two words together, the speaker would be saying that the woman to whom he is speaking is not his wife but
St. Jean-Pierre 2a woman he is courting because he wishes to pursue a sexual relationship with her and that said lady is only pretendingthat she does not wish to have sex with him.The narrator is an anonymous man whose identity is never revealed throughout the poem.It is impossible to determine the narrator’s age. The speaker could be any man of any age. All that can be told of the speaker is that he is lusting after the woman whom he is speaking to and that he is an intense man based on his often exaggerated speech. This poem is filled with endearment and allusions to sexual activities although it appears that the love exhibited in this poem is one-sided, perhaps even unrequited. The poem is comprised of three stanzas all of whichis spoken by the nameless speaker and does not reveal any physical or biographical details about himself, or the equally nameless woman who does not speak but only listens to the dramatic monologue. Additionally, poem is set like an argument in which the speaker argues “IFwe had”, But” and “Now or Therefore”. During each argument, the speaker uses three tactics as the

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