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Powerful Imagery in To His Coy Mistress

Andrew Marvel’s “To His Coy Mistress” has the persuasiveness of a late night informercial. But in this instance the narrator does not want money for his “product”: he wants a girl’s virginity. Informercials have an advantage over Marvel. They not only persuade consumers with words but images pf their products as well. Marvell overcomes this obstacle in his use of descriptive imagery. He utilizes if not maximizes imagery to magnify his persuasiveness.

. The first stanza opens the poem “Had we but world enough, and time,/ This coyness, Lady, were no crime”(1-2) as though he were a victim of her reserved nature. He tries to pull some reverse psychology here to make her think that it is her fault for not having sex with him (against her will). He goes on to say that he would indeed love her “Till the conversion of the Jews,” (10) ithere were time enough, but the narrator never directly says “forever.” Instead he uses phrases that conjure images of eternity: “ten years before the Flood(8); “An age to every part”(17). His descriptive use of imagery makes forever seem an overused word that does not fully encapsulate the time he would spend waiting for her.

“But” makes the transition from eternity to the present. He continues, “at my back I always hear/ Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”(21-22)). Again the narrator makes himself the victim, first of the lady’s coyness and now of death. With death soon to knock on his door,, the narrator reminds his mistress of her inevitable death. “They beauty shall no more be found, in they marble vault…”(25-66). They virginity that his mistress is trying to withhold from hom will be lost is she waits too long. Yes. she is at the prime of her youth and beauty today, but it will soon be “turn[ed] to dust”(29)/ This dust and the “deserts of eternity”that lie before them both are used in stark contrast to their ripe youth. This stanza appeals to the girl’s immortality and youth.

They should both be “like amorous birds of prey” who do not deny their primal instincts. Amorous, meaning eortic, is the pivotal word of this excerpt and one of the most subtly descriptive passages in the entire poem. This words seems to be carefulyy (and craftily) chosen to epitomize the lust he has for this woman; his desire for her to feel the same (or at least act on what she is feelingn).

Silence in Chaim Potok’s The Chosen

Silence in The Chosen

In the book The Chosen the four main characters have different views on how children should be raised. Danny Saunders was said to be raised in silence. Danny was raised in silence in that communication was cut off between Danny and his father, except when they were studying Talmud. The reason Danny’s father did not speak to his son is because Rabbi Saunders wanted to have Danny think things through himself. Reb Saunders also wanted Danny to grow up in the same manner he himself was raised.

Rabbi Saunders tries his hardest to have his son’s soul be ready for taking over the task of leading the Jewish people. The reason that a person must have a strong soul is so that they can handle the burden that Danny’s followers will heap onto him. Rabbi Saunders believes that only speaking to his son in Talmud discussions will enhance his sons soul. That is why Reb Saunders raises his child in silence. It is understandable to raise a son in the way Reb Saunders did, because Danny was destined for such great things. All Reb Saunders wants is that hi…

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