To His Coy Mistress
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The man does not have another care in the world since he is so “blinded” by his love. The second stanza speaks of his mortality only being thought about in relation to this girl and the fact that it limits the time available to be with her. The speaker accepts his fate that “Times winged Chariot is hurrying near,” but does not want that to spoil his chance of sleeping with his true love and allow her “Honour to turn to dust” (21-2, 29). He seems to have her interest in mind as he speaks of her “youthful hew” and her “long preserved Virginity” which would be lost if they did not act soon (33, 28).

Furthermore the lover is so set on this particular girl that he refuses to give up on her despite the fact that she does not seem to be easily persuaded by his numerous advances. He does all that he can to continue to woo her, even trying different approaches. He starts by praising her and explaining that his “vegetable Love should grow,” since it is not stagnant and will continue to develop further, which is supported by the fact that he remains adamant to be with her until the end of the text. In the second stanza he tries a less romantic attempt because she doesnt seem to react to his first, by trying to scare her with thoughts of death and graves, “in thy marble Vault” (26). Finally, he concludes by summing up his thoughts saying that he loves her so much, but since time and fate constrain them to a limited life they should just give into it and “roll all our strength and all our sweetness up into one Ball” (43-44).

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