Critical Analysis Of Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress

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Introduction Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), a popular and powerful seventeenth century English poet, is well-known for his concern with the philosophy of time and space. His poetry reflects his age and the mind of man at that time. He composed exquisite lyrics of varied themes with metaphysical wit and Cavalier grace. “To His Coy Mistress,” is one of his most famous poems in the English language. B. J. Sokol studies this poem from the point of view of logical argument thereby revealing “a very witty play of logic and illogic in the poem” (243). Roberts John Hawley on the other hand finds a well known theme carpe diem and argues that “The central intention of the poem is to persuade the speaker 's beloved to yield herself to him. His argument is that they have no time to wait. The constant consideration of the time problem gives unity to the whole” (19). Harold Tolliver studies this poem from yet another point of view and writes, “Marvell 's sensibility…frequently produces a more radical juxtaposi-tion of objects” where “Marvell combines two such distinct spheres (one animal and passionate, the other vegeta-tive, passive, and expanding) that he gives them and…show more content…
The purpose of this article is not to present a detail theoretical analysis of deconstruction but to demonstrate how a text can be seen through the eyes of a deconstructive reader. A text is a jumble of signifiers and the reading is only a process of finding the traces. A text has no single and universal meaning but there are meanings scattered over the signifiers as the linguistic signs have no referential function. Deconstruction is not something imposed from outside. The text ultimately deconstructs itself from within. To prove this hypothesis Andrew Marvell’s poem “To His Coy Mistress” has been textually analyzed from deconstructive point of view. However, major theoretical premises have been observed with reference to Derrida’s formulation of deconstructive ideas before entering the text under

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