01:790:340 Study Guide - Quiz Guide: To His Coy Mistress, Andrew MarvellExam
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359:201 Principles of Literary Study: Poetry 10/10/19
due in class Monday 10/14
Assigned Reading: Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress” (pp. 29–30 in the course reader),
W. H. Auden, “Lullaby” (handout)
1. (a) The OED gives many different meanings for the word “coy.” Which one is appropriate to
this poem? What does this speaker mean by calling his mistress (girlfriend/lover) coy?
(b) another way of getting to the answer to 1.(a): What does the speaker want from the woman to
whom he’s addressing his speech in this poem?
2. Identify 3 hard words in Auden’s poem, look them up, and say a bit about what each one
seems to mean in context. (Note: read the whole poem; don’t just choose examples from the first
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