Generacion 48

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Grammar Homework maria alejandra melo
TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME and TO HIS COY MISTRESS
PAGE 271 Exercise 1-7

1. In “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and “To His Coy Mistress,” what do Herrick and Marvell say about time and its effects on youth and beauty? Herrick’s poem is a warning to young, beautiful, unmarried women to make the most of their time and marry young. He does not address it to any particular woman, other than young virgins. He uses to metaphor to compare the women's youthful beauty to flowers that will begin to die as they age. Meanwhile, Marvell's poem is a bit more personal. It's actually a seduction poem and the narrator is speaking directly to his coy (shy) mistress. He is basically
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* The use of the word “all” in line 41 is, almost by definition, an example of hyperbole. * The use of the verb “tear” in line 43 also sounds hyperbolic.

5. The image of the sun appears in both “To the Virgins” (line 5) and “To His Coy Mistress” (line 45). How does each poet use the reference to the sun? How would you paraphrase the last two lines of Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”?

In both poems there is a sense of urgency. Certainly, the theme of carpe diem is in Herrick's verse as he utilizes the sun and its measure of a day as a metaphor for the swift passage of time. Even though Herrick and Marvell take different approaches toward the sun as a timekeeper, both their poems stress the need to enjoy love while there is yet time.

6. In two or three sentences, explain how the difficult existence described in “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (see the Connection on page 269) corresponds to your previous notion of life in the late 1500s. In light of this information, what is surprising—or, perhaps, not surprising—about the visions of life presented in the pastoral poems you have just read?

Give us this day our daily bread is from the Bible. It is from Matthew 6:11. The prayer is asking God to provide people with the simple things they need for day to day living. Life in the late 1500's was very hard and people wanted for food.

7. Herrick, in “To the Virgins,” and Marvell,