In this course we will be analysing the poem “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell. As a metaphysical poet Marvell was concerned with questions of life and death; his use of conceits (inventive metaphors, similes, analogies) challenges the reader to see past the initial words and look deeper into a more universal theme: carpe diem! Course Content: • Reading the poem & understanding of the title • Contextual information and how to use it to understand the poem • Analysis of stanzas 1, 2 & 3 • Analysis of the language and imagery in the poem • Analysis of form, structure, rhyme, and poetic meter • Activities for you to develop your understanding of the poem. Who this course is aimed at: • A- Level English Literature Students studying the Pre-1900s poetry anthology • Students interested in studying Andrew Marvell or poetry in general By the end of this course you will have a thorough understanding of Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”. You will be able to identify language and imagery that could support your interpretation and how the context influenced Marvell’s choice of language. You will have an understanding of how the form and structure supports and shapes meaning in the poem, as well as the effect of the rhyme and poetic meter.
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