- 1 What vegetable love means?
- 2 What are the iron gates of life?
- 3 What does we had the world but enough and time mean?
- 4 What does deserts of vast eternity mean?
- 5 What philosophy is the poet advancing with this poem?
- 6 Why does the speaker mention the Ganges and the Humber?
- 7 What might acting on physical desire symbolize for the author?
- 8 What does coyness mean?
- 9 Have we had the world enough and time?
- 10 What do the lines and yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity mean?
What vegetable love means?
The word “slow” in line 12 gives us a clue. We think “vegetable love” is “organic love” – love without the pressure of anything but nature, a natural process resulting in something nourishing – vegetables.
What are the iron gates of life?
The Iron Gates of Life
The image of iron gates evokes something closed off behind an imposing barrier. Carrying through with the theme of the final stanza, it is an obstacle the lovers must actively overcome to enjoy the pleasures of life.
What does we had the world but enough and time mean?
The first lines of “To His Coy Mistress,” a poem by the seventeenth-century English poet Andrew Marvell. The poet tells a woman whom he loves that if they had endless time and space at their disposal, then he could accept her unwillingness to go to bed with him. Life is short, however, and opportunities must be seized.
What does deserts of vast eternity mean?
The “Deserts of vast eternity” have also a meaning concerning the tenor of time, not only the space will be endless, but also their time together. Another use of imagery that is worth mentioning in this poem is love in a more physical way. And a third, other theme is called tempus fugit, which means that time flies.
What philosophy is the poet advancing with this poem?
The poet is advancing the idea of living life to the fullest, and not wasting a moment.
Why does the speaker mention the Ganges and the Humber?
Why does the speaker mention the Ganges and the Humber? The two rivers are far apart geographically, thus representing a great or infinite amount of space. What is he trying to establish by talking about “ten years before the flood” and “the conversion of the Jews”?
The poet urges her to “carpe diem” or “seize the day”. 10) What might acting on physical desire symbolize for the author? Acting on physical desire means being truly alive for him.
What does coyness mean?
behavior in which someone is or pretends to be shy, or like a child: The extreme shyness he encountered when they were dating was not coyness.
Have we had the world enough and time?
Had we but world enough and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. To walk, and pass our long love’s day. Nor would I love at lower rate.
What do the lines and yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity mean?
The speaker says, “And yonder all before us lie deserts of vast eternity” (lines 23 and 24). “Deserts of vast eternity” (line 24) expresses his concern of not being able to have children, which would make him sterile. As men age, their sperm count becomes less and less, which makes conceiving a child nearly impossible.