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"To His Coy Mistress" as Memento Mori: Reading Marvell after Zizek

Boucher, Geoffrey 2020, "To His Coy Mistress" as Memento Mori: Reading Marvell after Zizek, International Journal of Žižek Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-18.

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Title "To His Coy Mistress" as Memento Mori: Reading Marvell after Zizek
Formatted title "To His Coy Mistress" as Memento Mori: Reading Marvell after Zizek
Author(s) Boucher, GeoffreyORCID iD for Boucher, Geoffrey orcid.org/0000-0002-2768-9958
Journal name International Journal of Žižek Studies
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher International Journal of Žižek Studies
Place of publication Leeds, Eng.
Publication date 2020-01
ISSN 1751-8229
Keyword(s) Andrew Marvell
metaphysical poetry
seduction poetry
Slavoj Zizek
Jacques Lacan
Summary Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” is one of the best known and most commented on poems in the English language. According to the critical consensus, the poem is a seduction gambit in the “Carpe Diem” tradition. Interpretive debate therefore revolves around the significance of the allusions and imagery of the poem, rather than its central meaning. Moving against the current, this article challenges the critical consensus that Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” is a poem that has seduction as its main significance or implied intention. Reading the poem with attention to its ironic moments and theological references reveals that its allusions and imagery are systematically ambivalent. In the context of Marvell’s other poetry, especially “Dialogue of the Soul and the Body,” it becomes possible to show that “Coy Mistress” shares many features with these metaphysical meditations on mortality and spirituality. By making reference to psychoanalytic theory, the article then demonstrates the plausibility of a reading in which the poem aims to avoid, rather than engorge, sexual desire. The poem is a monument to repression, and a reminder of mortality, not a love lyric.
Language eng
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Field of Research 1608 Sociology
2005 Literary Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, the author
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
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