Exactly what human characteristic is being applied to what non-human entity or concept?specific uses of personification in "To His Coy Mistress", Also discuss the specific point, effect, image or...

Exactly what human characteristic is being applied to what non-human entity or concept?

specific uses of personification in "To His Coy Mistress",

Also discuss the specific point, effect, image or purpose the speaker has in mind with this use of personification.

 

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I believe that the author using personification to make his arguments more persuasive by making the objects he personifies seem alive—imbuing them with human characteristics...as he tries to make her feel that his passion for her is a living thing all its own, as seen with the use of active verbs in the lines of personification:

'"My vegetable love should grow" - giving a plant the human characteristic of love

"An hundred years should go to praise / Thine eyes...Two hundred to adore each breast..." - while one might argue that there is an inferred "I would spend," these lines could also be taken to mean that had they the time, years would praise and adore

"Time's winged chariot hurrying near..." - that time can ride a chariot

"...then worms shall try / That long preserv'd virginity..." - seems to say that the worms shall take ("try") her virginity

"...your quaint honour turn to dust, / And into ashes all my lust" - honour and lust are personified like dead bodies turning to dust and ash

"While youthful hue / Sits on thy skin" - youth is personified as "sitting" or resting on her skin

"...though we cannot make our sun / Stand still, yet we will make him run" - the sun is personified, suggesting it can stand still or run

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