- 1 What is the main theme of the poem To His Coy Mistress?
- 2 Who is the speaker addressing in To His Coy Mistress?
- 3 What does Time’s winged chariot mean?
- 4 How does Andrew Marvell indicate love in his poem To His Coy Mistress?
- 5 What does deserts of vast eternity mean?
- 6 Why does the speaker mention the Ganges and the Humber?
What is the main theme of the poem To His Coy Mistress?
The main theme of To his Coy Mistress is The Transience of Life, expressed through a sense of time pursuing us and propelling us into the grave before we have achieved fulfilment. Marvell’s tempo and language become more and more urgent as the poem proceeds.
Who is the speaker addressing in To His Coy Mistress?
In the first two lines of “To His Coy Mistress,” the poem establishes its form and its central concern. The speaker addresses someone directly, whom he calls “Lady.” (This introduces one of the poem’s key devices, apostrophe: the rest of the poem will be an apostrophiac address to the Lady).
What does Time’s winged chariot mean?
Time’s Winged Chariot
Just as mortals cannot escape the power of Greek mythology’s divine figures, mortals cannot escape the power of time. The image of the winged chariot also implies that death moves swiftly. However, the winged chariot represents time’s inevitability and its upper hand over mortals.
How does Andrew Marvell indicate love in his poem To His Coy Mistress?
He turns their love into far more than the poem can hold by using expressions such as ‘love you ten years before the Flood’, thus allegorizing it in almost Biblical terms, ‘vegetable love‘, which shows how slow and how steady it grows (hinting, as always, at a huge advancement), and then stating that ‘a hundred years’
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.
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”?