07 Jan Gavin Scott Presents: Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress
Welcome to the latest edition of Gavin Scott Presents, a selection of my favourite prose and poetry. This week, “To His Coy Mistress”, by Andrew Marvell, who came from my home town of Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire.
The poem is packed with phrases you’ll instantly recognise because other people have snapped them up to insert in their own works, starting with the first line “had we but world and time enough” and going on to the remark that “the grave’s a fine and private place”.
The poem as a whole is, I think, the cheekiest come-on ever written, as the poet tries to persuade the woman he fancies not to put off going to be together for another minute.
I wonder if he was successful?