Coyness as Power in Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”

Visam Mansur
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The mistress’s coyness and her passivity in the face of the lover’s onslaught on her autonomy and privacy comprise an act of resistance to a hedonistic patriarchy bent on devouring the female to achieve its narcissistic goal of attaining pleasure and eternity.

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