Amarilis Ramos 10/8/12 Ms. Persad Gateway Senior English Time in Poetry An addict’s growing need for drugs and alcoholism is similar to the speaker’s need, in “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell, of love from the women he addresses to. Time has an important role in both “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “To His Coy Mistress”. Both speakers use time in a way which best makes them feel comfortable with. “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T. S. Eliot, is considered a dramatic monologue. Some call the poem the “first Modernist poem”.
Andrew Marvell, an English poet, politician, and satirist. Marvell is commonly known as a “Metaphysical Poet”. His poems are famous for surprising the reader with the use of language to explore questions about love, sex, the earth, the universe, and the divine. Time holds a huge fascination for poets in Marvell’s era they believe “Life is short, so live it to the fullest,” a carpe diem mindset. While an addict will try to sneak his way to get what they want through any means necessary, so will the speaker in the poem.
The speaker is trying to convince the women in the poem to do what he wants by using time (ex: the speaker tells women she will get older and will miss her chance being with him), like an addict who will convince himself and the people around him, by using time (ex: an addict will recover from addiction over time), that he has no problems controlling his addiction in order to continue his addiction. An addict will not see his way of life as wrongful, like the speaker who feels the women and him must love each other mentally and physically, because of their attraction toward their addiction. However in the poem, “The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock” by T. S Elliot, the speaker’s attraction for the women, he is addressing to, goes only so far and uses time as an excuse for him to delay his conversation with the women. In the poem “To Coy His Mistress”, by Andrew Marvell, the speaker addresses a woman in whom he is attracted to and uses time to convince her to be with him before it’s too late and death comes. The speaker says to the women that if he they had had enough time he would compliment her in many ways till she has fallen in love with him and that he would spend many years complimenting her. An hundred years should go to praise?
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze; ?Two hundred to adore each breast, ? But thirty thousand to the rest; An age at least to every part, (13-17) The speaker uses metaphors to describe how he feels as if time is pursuing him and that he doesn’t have enough time to be complimenting her now: But at my back I always hear/? Time’s winged chariot hurrying near (line 21-22). The speaker feels that what lies ahead is time and that in the future the women won’t be pretty anymore and that what awaits her is death and then she won’t be able to hear him sing ever again since she is buried in her grave, dead. And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity. Thy beauty shall no more be found, Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound My echoing song (23-28) The author then speaks to the women again that since she is still young and pretty they should not let the opportunity escape for them to be together “Let us roll all our strength and all/? Our sweetness up into one ball,” (line 41-42). In Prufrock poem he makes the readers feel as if in the twilight zone and have no clue for the time: “In the room the women come and go? /Talking of Michelangelo” (Line 13-14). Prufrock feels that he should be careful in whatever he does and that he does things in unsure steps.
There’s plenty of time to not make a decision, he says, because you can always do it later on. Of course, if you keep insisting there is plenty of time forever and he fails at getting to the point: In a minute there is time? /For decisions and revisions, which a minute will reverse” (Line 47-48). Prufrock wasted so much time that his opportunity to talk to the women he likes has passed and that now the only thing he waits for is death just like what Andrew Marvell was telling his women, not to wait for, death: “I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, ? And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, ? /And in short, I was afraid. ” (Lines 84-86) These two poems show different types of love. Prufrock shows a love at a distance while Marvell’s love is that of a teenager. Marvell’s poem shows that of a teenager that hasn’t fully discovered what love truly is and only loves by being sexually active with their partner. Both these kinds of types of love are both extreme and shouldn’t be followed. Nothing good can come from different types of extremes of love and it is what these poems show.