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."
- The text of "To His Coy Mistress", with line numbers and footnotes. From Representative Poetry Online, via the EDSITEment-reviewed Internet Public Library
- Help with literary terms may be found at W.W. Norton's literary glossary (for imagery and tone) or the Glossary of Poetic Terms (for form), both of which are available via the EDSITEment-reviewed website Academy of American Poetry.
- Luminarium 17th-century writers website, via EDSITEment-reviewed Labyrinth
- Example of a syllogism via the EDSITEment-reviewed Silva Rhetoricae
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?