Essay on To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick

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The meaning of the first stanza is do the things you need to get done because tomorrow the opportunity may not exist. It states this by saying gather rosebuds while you can because that beautiful flower “tomorrow will be dying” (Herrick 385). The next stanza talks about the Sun’s life from dawn to dusk. By describing it’s race against time it is telling a person that there is not much sunlight so make the most of it To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time and Carpe Diem
Ever hear of the phrase “carpe diem”? It is a common Latin phrase meaning “seize the day” or in plain English, make the most of the time you have. This phrase is very well portrayed in Robert Herrick’s most popular poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”. Herrick was
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In the third stanza it talks about when people are youthful they think they have all the time to accomplish their goals but “times still succeed the former”, which simply means time
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always wins and people are old before they know it (Herrick 385). The meaning and theme of carpe diem is clearly described in the four stanzas of the poem.
before it’s gone. The third stanza means simply that the times are best when people are young to realize their dreams and do something about it instead of wasting time. Have as much fun as you can while you are a kid and do as much as you can when you are a teenager and most importantly live everyday to your highest expectations. The way I comprehended Herrick’s ways of portraying the poem with images and what it means tells how it makes me feel.
I really like this poem because it makes me want to get out of bed in the morning or turn off the television and do something productive like read a book, or go to the gym. It perfectly reveals the true meaning of carpe diem. The very first sentence alone tells me to get things done while I can. Now when I think of “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, it will remind me of carpe diem, which will make me want to make every minute of my day account for something good whether it be reading a chapter in a book or cleaning the house.
Everyone should read this classic…