oThere are two extra syllables- line 22 “Time’s winged chariot” and the line starts with a spondeeTime is rushing, so the extra syllables make us hurry down the line- a mimeticrhythmin line, we are forced to hurry.Last line- opens with a spondee and caesura- imitates “standing still” like the line saysEnjambment- very striking in first 10 lines of poem.oCombined with caesuras- enjambment spills thought forward and caesuras put a stopto it.oMomentum of this passage= we are always rushed but there will always be a pause (idea of poem)Themes- motion and stillness, imperial, the unknown.Poet= Christian but there is no Christian perspectiveoChristianity=afterlife but speaker acts like death is the end, also depicts afterlife like a pagan universe (vast empty desert). oAlso tries to seduce someone who is not married to himoChristian hold on poets before 18thcentury= too important, this poem is one of the first to go against it. Carpe diem comes from pagan traditions of ancient Greece/Rome and finally used in English.First few lines alliteration- a lot of “W” sounds and “l” sounds= liquid consonants. They createa liquid sound, a light and flowing emotional state. Tomb- horrifying/nightmarish scene: uses phallic imagery- uses images of penetration to make his case.oEither she chooses to get penetrated by him consensually or she gets penetrated by worms against her will in the grave.o“quaint”- deliberate to shock and outrage her on waste of body by dying without having sex.Presence of woman- only time she seems to be present is at the beginning of last paragraph.oSpeaker- wants to “devour” not be “devoured”= he presents her these choices, eithershe can devour time, or time can devour heroPoem tried to trap her into choice he wants her to make. oLine 41-42= big enjambment there. oLast line- “stand still”= is the beginning of a Donne poem, Marvell announces his allegiance to Donne and his seductive poetry. oPoem shows a lot of forthrightness on what the seduction of the virgin (tearing, phallic imagery, violence) will be like. Not very persuasive but true. Meaning- conquering this horrible tomb imagery= they will be faster than thesun and win. Battle imagery- canons being shot through a gate= lead to victory (pleasure that will follow)
oNot a sweet poem at all- very tangible and real= despite all of that, he hopes he was successful by using the temporal logic of carpe diem to convince lady.Line 12 assonance- use of long vowels= slows time intensively like it’s suggested in line. Yeats-“The Second Coming”Sense of Epiphany- a feeling of sudden light, illuminationoVision of Sphinx filled with intense light= sense of epiphanyoAs vision fades, speaker in line 18 says we return to darknessHow long was the speaker in darkness before his epiphanyFirst Stanza- 8 lines= octave in Petrarchan sonnet, ottava rima too.