AQA English Literature A-level Poetry: Love Through the Ages Anthology Quiz
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AQA English Literature A-level Poetry: Love Through the Ages Anthology Quiz

Test your knowledge of Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' from the Love Through the Ages Anthology for AQA English Literature A-level. This quiz covers themes, literary devices, and analysis of the poem.

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Questions and Answers

What literary term best describes the theme of 'To His Coy Mistress'?

Carpe diem

In the poem, the speaker argues that if time did not exist, he could...

Court the mistress forever

Which term best describes the woman's behavior in the poem?

Coy

What does the phrase 'carpe diem' mean in the context of the poem?

<p>'Seize the day'</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the speaker lament in the second stanza of the poem?

<p>The briefness of human life</p> Signup and view all the answers

Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' is a pastoral poem.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The phrase 'carpe diem' translates to 'seize the night' in Latin.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The speaker believes that it is possible to court the mistress forever.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The woman's behavior in the poem can be best described as assertive.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The poem 'To His Coy Mistress' was written in the 18th century.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' is a pastoral poem.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The phrase 'carpe diem' translates to 'seize the night' in Latin.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The woman's behavior in the poem can be best described as assertive.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The poem 'To His Coy Mistress' was written in the 18th century.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

The speaker believes that it is possible to court the mistress forever.

<p>False</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Theme and Tone

  • The theme of 'To His Coy Mistress' is best described by the literary term "carpe diem", which means to seize the day.
  • The poem's tone is persuasive, as the speaker argues that time is limited and they should make the most of it.

Speaker's Argument

  • The speaker argues that if time did not exist, he could love the mistress forever.
  • He laments the passing of time in the second stanza, emphasizing the importance of taking action.

Characterization of the Mistress

  • The woman's behavior in the poem can be best described as coy, not assertive.

Poem's Context

  • 'To His Coy Mistress' was written by Andrew Marvell, but it is not a pastoral poem.
  • The poem was written in the 17th century, not the 18th century.

Carpe Diem

  • The phrase "carpe diem" translates to "seize the day" in Latin, not "seize the night".
  • The speaker's use of "carpe diem" emphasizes the importance of taking action and making the most of the present moment.

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