To His coy mistress by Andrew Marvell Essay
From the title, one can see that the speaker is a man addressing a female. However, to understand the dramatic situation, one cannot examine the title alone but must scrutinize the entire poem. In the first stanza, …show more content…
Analyzing the speaker's tone allows one to discover the speaker's persona. In this stanza, the speaker adopts an admiring and adoring persona. By praising his mistress' beauty and heart, the speaker places her upon a pedestal and appeals to her character with flattery.
In the second stanza, the speaker adopts a darker and more realistic tone while still admiring his love. He uses diction that conjures images of death, like "Time's winged chariot,” marble vault," "worms," "dust," "ashes," and "grave's." These words serve to frighten the mistress and to emphasize the point that one will inevitably die. He tries to make the point that only through death, which gets closer every second (21-22), will his love disappear (29) and that only the worms will enjoy his mistress' (27) "company" when she dies. The unknown male wants his mistress to realize that once they die, neither of them can experience love. This darker tone causes the speaker's persona to shift to a pessimistic and