To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell

"To His Coy Mistress," Lines 21-32

Work Time

Read and annotate lines 21–32 of “To His Coy Mistress.” Once again, mark any passages or words you don’t understand and be prepared to share those with the class.

Record your answers to the following questions and then submit them to your teacher.

  • In the first part of the poem, the speaker says they can take all the time in the world. In the beginning of the second part, starting on line 21, what is behind the speaker and what does he face ahead of him?
  • Because we can’t stop the passage of time, what is inevitable about all our lives?
  • What, according to the speaker, are the consequences of his mistress’s dying?

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