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To His Coy Mistress (version 2)

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In "To His Coy Mistress (version 2)" by Andrew Marvell, the speaker passionately attempts to woo his reluctant lover by presenting a vivid and urgent argument for seizing the moment and embracing their love without delay. Through eloquent language and striking imagery, Marvell evokes a sense of time's fleeting nature and the urgency of living in the present.

The speaker's assertion that "time's winged chariot hurrying near" serves as a powerful reminder of the brevity of life and the importance of seizing opportunities for love and companionship. The use of vivid imagery, such as the metaphor of the passing of time as a chariot racing towards them, effectively conveys a sense of impending urgency.

Marvell's clever wordplay and persuasive arguments make "To His Coy Mistress (version 2)" a compelling and thought-provoking exploration of love, time, and mortality. The poem's themes of love, mortality, and the passage of time resonate with readers, encouraging reflection on the fleeting nature of life and the importance of embracing love and passion in the present moment. Overall, Marvell's poem is a timeless, captivating work that continues to resonate with readers today.

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Andrew Marvell was an English metaphysical poet, satirist and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1678. During the Commonwealth period he was a colleague and friend of John Milton. His poems range from the love-song "To His Coy Mistress", to evocations of an aristocratic country house and garden in "Upon Appleton House" and "The Garden", the political address "An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland", and the later personal and political satires "Flecknoe" and "The Character of Holland". - Summary by Wikipedia

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