I would Love you ten years before the Flood: And you should if you please refuse Till the conversion of the Jews. Life is full of struggle and bitterness. They would like the poem to be banned from being taught in school, claiming that it would negatively influence their children and that it condones predatory male behaviour.
He posits impossible stretches of time during which the two might play games of courtship.
Which is more important, love or lust, and how do we balance the two? Prentice HallChapter 31, p. Ian Watson notes the debt of this story to Marvell, "whose complex and allusive poems are of a later form of pastoral to that which I shall refer, and, like Marvell, Le Guin's nature references are, as I want to argue, "pastoral" in a much more fundamental and interesting way than this simplistic use of the term.
There is a relaxed tone to these lines, spiced with hyperbole and allusion. Lines 1 - 20 The argument begins with an appeal to the coy mistress based on the idea that, if time and space were limitless, they could spend their days in leisure, she by the exotic Ganges river for instance, he by the ebb and flow of the Humber.