Character Analysis in To His Coy Mistress
The Speaker and the Mistress: The mistress is depicted as a coy figure, or someone who feigns modesty. This implies that, at least in the eyes of the speaker, she wants to pursue a physical relationship as much as he does. The speaker says that he would be fine with her coyness if they had “but world enough, and time.” He details all of the slow ways in which he would love her in the first stanza, establishing his devotion and reducing his potential to be perceived as an impatient lover. However, since the premise of his argument is that time is limited, the question becomes whether or not his declarations are genuine or whether they are claims he knows he will not have to prove.