Launchpad: Marvell's Coy Mistress

Andrew Marvell: "To His Coy Mistress"

Use the following links as you explore Andrew Marvell's poem, "To His Coy Mistress."

Use the following worksheet (or online interactive) to aid in your close reading of the poem. Read through once, consider the questions, and the annotate the poem using the worksheet during your second reading.

  • Who is the speaker of the poem? What can you know about the speaker based on his statements?
  • Who is he addressing (who is his audience)? What can you know about the audience based on what the speaker says?
  • What is the speaker's basic argument?