to his coy mistress

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Marvell is not suggesting for lust to take over his heart although sex is the subject matter and not the theme of the poem. Marvell's point is clearly stated that instead of dividing our lives or moral values into artificial categories of present and future, we should savor the unique experiences of each present moment and let love take us to where it wants to take us...
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At first glance, "To His Coy Mistress" appears to be a formal, lyric love letter. Early in the poem the speaker (the man addressing his mistress) expresses his plan of what he would do with her if they, "Had we but world enough, and time" (428). He brings up time in order to emphasize the amount of attention he would give to her if only he had the means...
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