To His Coy Mistress


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Journal--- To His Coy Mistress

The poem somehow makes me want to cry. I don*t know the reason, but I*m deeply moved. The poem is divided into three stanzas, and I see the speaker*s tone comes from the happiest to saddest. He*s talking to his lover, and he wants to persuade her to seize every day with him. I image that the speaker is talking to me, I*m his lover, and I find finally I*m persuaded. See how he does! In the first stanza, the speaker presents a romantic and hopeful situation. He says that we have "world enough and time", that we can use it whatever we want. "We would sit down and think which way to walk, and pass our long love*s day." It seems so leisurely and carefree, that can make every woman be longing for it. And then he seems being murmuring his endless love and the firm love between him and his lover, which would never change and would last forever. Look, he uses "an hundred years should go to praise thine eyes; two hundred to adore each breast; thirty thousand to the rest; the last age should show your heart." We seem to really have a lot of time, that we*ll never use up it. Then he praises again. Isn*t it very beautiful? He gives his lover the vastest world , endless love and hopeful future.
But in the second stanza, he suddenly changes his mood and his tone. He*s aware that he doesn*t really have so much time. Time always flies, and something would and must change with it, such as his lover*s beauty. Moreover, everyone will and must die, after death, can lovers still be together? If she died, can she still hear his echoing song?
Like tripping and falling from the highest to the lowest, the speaker first gives his lover a best dream, and then broke it. In such a extreme contrast, I think of course his lover will worry about what he says. Then, in the third stanza, the speaker keeps persuading, makes a final statement of his thought and what he wants. Through the poem, we can find that the speaker is very reasonable. He first create a romantic situation, then in the second stanza, the first line is "but", suddenly makes the situation change. I think he has made his lover scared, and then in the third stanza, he uses "therefore", tell his love what to do. In my opinion, the persuasion is strong enough, and his will is also very clear. In the third stanza, we can find that he uses several "now", such as "now, therefore, while the youthful hue sits on thy skin like morning dew", "now let us sport us while we may; and now, like am*rous birds of prey,". He uses these "now" to tell his lover what he thinks, that only seize the day is the best to do. I think he*s successful.


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