In the poem, "To his Coy Mistress," is the poet angry at and disgusted by his mistress?

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In the poem “To his Coy Mistress,” the narrator demonstrates no overt signs of anger or disgust. However, he is keenly frustrated by the lady’s delay in having sex with him. Essentially, he is attempting to persuade her to waste no time in having intercourse. In sweet talking her, he says he would be willing to spend thousands of years admiring her body, but they do not have that amount of time. The statements signal neither anger nor disgust. He is using a pointed argument to win his way with the lady. He is lusty and sexually frustrated, thus triggering his logical and emotional pleas. One might argue he shows more signs of passion than love in the poem, but not other emotions.

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To His Coy Mistress

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