In the poem "To His Coy Mistress," what is the speaker's basic argument?

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The basic argument of this poem is that if time were limitless, the woman's coyness would not matter. She keeps putting off the narrator of the poem, but the narrator argues that her coyness is wasting time, as time is finite.

The poet says that if time were limitless and they were immortal, they could walk, even to the Ganges in India, and he could spend centuries admiring her beauty. She could also continue to refuse him to the "conversion of the Jews" (which means forever). However, as they are not immortal, if she keeps putting him off, she will die before they can get together as a couple. All her coyness will be for naught, as they will never get to enjoy their love. They should instead find love...

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