Discuss the specific point, effect, purpose the speaker has in mind with these uses of hyperbole.point out two specific uses of hyperbole in "To His Coy Mistress" and tell me exactly what is being...

Discuss the specific point, effect, purpose the speaker has in mind with these uses of hyperbole.

point out two specific uses of hyperbole in "To His Coy Mistress" and tell me exactly what is being exaggerated. Also discuss the specific point, effect, or purpose the speaker has in mind with these uses of hyperbole.

 

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In this classic poem, "To His Coy Mistress," Marvell is warning the woman he desires that if there were endless time available to him, he would wait as she "plays hard-to-get" (as he sees it) and spend eternity worshipping her body, but that such is not the case.

The hyperbole appears in the amounts of time he would wait: loving her ten years before the Flood (during the time of Noah in the Old Testament), until the Jews were converted to Christianity, worshipping her for thousands of years.  She deserves, he declares, no less.

However, he exaggerates also the swiftness with which time flies: "But at my back I always hear / Time's winged chariot hurrying near."  His expression brings to mind the ticking of a time bomb: that there is not enough time to give her the adoration she deserves if they still want to be young enough to enjoy the experience: so it must be now.

Hyperbole is present, too, as he argues that at this rate, she can protect her virginity and honor until she dies and her body turns to dust, but that she will find no satisfaction in death, as if death will be upon them very soon. This is not the case, as we see in the next stanza.

His closing argument is that they are now young, and while this is so, and their passions rage, they should throw themselves into the experience rather than drag along and waste time.  He assures her that though they cannot stop time, they can slow time down by enjoying each other now.

(He is charmingly persuasive; it is to be wondered if she "bought it.")

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