What evidence indicates that Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress" is a carpe diem poem?

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Stephanie Gregg eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Carpe diem means to "seize the day."  The speaker in "To His Coy Mistress" is trying to persuade his lover to stop postponing sexual intimacy in their relationship because

The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.

He is using the ruse that since death comes so quickly, he and she should "seize" the opportunity they have now--immediately.  He says if their time together was limitless, he would spend years upon end loving her and praising her beauty.  But since

. . . at my back I always hear
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near


they really just have no time to waste.  He even goes so far as to invoke this (unfortunately) unforgettable image:

. . . then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust


So, he says, why wait?  He encourages her to not wait for that day to come when it is too late to act upon their love, but instead to "seize the day" they have now.

subrataray | Student

Enjoying youth in one's prime , with the idea that death is the end of life  , is issue of the poem .Proposition , examples , and conclusion , directed to one aim .And the aim is the sexual-union with the shy mistress .The poet a does not mind to refer the random and violent movement of sex game , and the nature of wildness in the process .Amorous birds of prey  , one-ball ‘willing soul’, (transpires) ‘instant fires’,, ‘rough strife’, ‘iron gates of life’. These images are suggestive to signify the quick and violent love-making.

Love here is only the consumption of carnal pleasure .The philosophy dominates, is the hurrying chariot of time .

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To His Coy Mistress

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