Carpe Diem in Christopher Marlowe´s The Passionate Shephard to His Love and Rober Herrick´s To the Virgins, Make Much of Time

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Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, Make Much of Time” share the same common theme of Carpe Diem. They also have many differences such as the tone, and the type of poem. Marlowe’s is more of a romantic poem, a Shepherd expressing his love to a woman. Herrick’s is more of a preachy poem, the poet is telling these young virgins that they need to hurry up and get married because they do not have much time. Both Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and Herrick’s “To the Virgins, Make Much of Time” Share the same common theme; Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem means seize the day. In both poems, the poets express that they have a short amount of time and that they need to live life…show more content…
“And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals” (Marlowe) Robert Herrick’s poem “To the Virgins, Make Much of Time” is considered to be a preachy type of poem. The poet is telling young virgins that they need to hurry up and get married because they do not have much time. “Then be not coy, but use your time, and while ye may, go marry” (Herrick) The Tone of this poem is didactic, he is expressing his opinion. He is telling these young unmarried women to hurry up and get married, and stop wasting time. “Gather ye rose-buds while ye may: Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles to-day, To-morrow will be dying” (Herrick) The Rhyme Scheme for “To the Virgins, Make Much of Time” is the first and third of each stanza rhymes while the second and the fourth line rhyme. “The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun, The higher he's a-getting, the sooner will his race be run, and nearer he's to setting” (Herrick) In Conclusion “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “To the Virgins, Make Much of Time” is similar in theme. The theme for both stories was Carpe Diem. Even though the Theme was similar, the difference in each poem was the Tone, Rhyme Scheme and the type of poem. The tone for Marlowe’s is optimistic and loving and the poem is pastoral. The Rhyme scheme for Marlowe’s poem is the first two lines rhyme and the last two lines in the

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