In your opinion, is the poem "To his Coy Mistress" really about love or does it show the sexual passions of the poet?

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In the poem “To his Coy Mistress,” the narrator is making a sophisticated argument for sexual intercourse with the female object of his attention. Think of it as a persuasive essay with the premise of reasons why this standoffish woman should consent to sex with her pursuer. At first, the narrator says he would spend thousands of years marveling at her body. As his argument proceeds, however, he points out the two do not have the luxury of time. Soon, she will be rotting in a tomb, with worms consuming her virginity. Consequently, they should waste no time and indulge in sex immediately. The poem makes little reference to love, but the narrator methodically reasons why the two should head to bed immediately. In layman's terms, and pardon the pun, he is simply a horney but persuasive guy.

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