The Art of Seduction Book Review by writingsensation

The Art of Seduction
An analysis of the poem "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell.
# 69149 | 1,625 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2006 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper studies the poem "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, within the context of poetry as seduction. Specifically, the paper examines how seduction becomes Marvell's art and argument, directed solely toward the object of his affection, his beloved mistress. The paper explains that on the surface, Andrew Marvell's poem, "To His Coy Mistress," appears to be nothing more than an invitation for a romp in the hay. However, the paper maintains that there is a much deeper theme that lies at the heart of the poem. The paper discusses how the utilizes casual sex as the vehicle to stress his urgency for intimacy. This urgency, according to the paper, lies in the fact that we should make the most of our lives with the time we have now rather than thinking, or relying, too heavily on the future. The paper details several literary techniques, which the poet employs to illustrate the art of seduction, including persuasion, truth, passion, the aspect of time, and the certainty of death. The paper quotes extensively from the poem in order to illustrate and substantiate its theses.

From the Paper:

"The poet also employs persuasion as a seductive tool, which emphasizes the theme of the poem. The poet's power of persuasion is powerful and, upon first reading, it seems he is using it to advance his own purposes. There is no doubt that this man is in love but there is also no doubt that he wants something in return for this love. However, his power of persuasion is strong and convincing. For instance, the first words from the poet's mouth are, "Had we but world enough, and time" (1). This is a wise approach to his art of seduction because what he is saying is true. His mistress, or no one else for that matter, can argue with this assertion. In order to prevent her from becoming offended, he is also very quick to point out that her coyness would not be a crime if the two of them did have all the time in the world. He goes on to say that they "would sit down, and think which way/To walk, and pass our long love's day" (4-5). Here we can see how the poet is using his seduction technique very wisely in that he is fostering it with logic. The poet does not want to appear to be heartless or simply after sex. In other words, he wants his lover to know that he sincerely cares for her but there is more to their love than she might realize. His aim is to bring these things to her attention and his method is through seduction."

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