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,
And the last age should show your heart. (13-18)
Though his words appear to be romantic and enticing, their primary goal is to seduce his mistress. This is evident by the fact that he spends a significant amount of time adoring different parts of her body, not the wonders of her personality and mind. He takes no notice of the concept of time using unrealistic numbers to communicate his love for his mistress. However, he spends a significantly greater amount of time on her breasts than her eyes, further revealing his desire is not for her love, but her body. In his first argument, Marvell’s use of alliteration and imagery allows the reader to uncover the truth of the speaker’s words: he is not after his mistress’s love, but after her body. In part two of the speaker’s argument, the imagery and tone take on a more morbid and straightforward view of life. The speaker tells his mistress that there is not an unlimited amount of time; that soon they will both die, “But at my back I always hear / Time’s winged chariot hurrying near” (21-22). Marvell uses less punctuation, suggesting the speaker’s tone is no longer slow and wistful, but instead it is more rushed. The speaker tells his mistress, “Thy beauty shall no more be found, / Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound / My echoing Song” (25-27). The speaker attempts to scare his mistress by telling her