Essay about To the virgins to make much of time

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To the virgins to make much of time

GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,

GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

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.

That age is best which is the first,
when youth and blood are warmer;
but being spent, the worse and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
and while ye may go marry:
For having lost but once your prime
you may for ever tarry.

I have chosen “To the virgins to make much of time” as my second poem
because I feel it has much useful meaning to it and also because I
agree with the title of
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The first line of the poem gives us an image of a flower. This image
makes the poem soft straight from the start. The flower gives a young
image in my head that shows youth. The second line means that you lose
your good looks when you grow old. We see another image of a flower in
line three and four when it says “And this same flower that smiles
today, tomorrow will be dying.” This line means that you do not have
long to get a partner and have a family because you will lose your
good looks and no one will want you. Again the flower shows the image
a young person.

The second paragraph is one big metaphor “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.” This metaphor refers to the sun dying down and
becoming old. It means that when the sun is at mid-day this is
equivalent to the peak of our lives, the part of our lives when we
have best chance of getting a partner.

In the third paragraph is says: “That age is best which is the first,
when youth and blood are warmer; but being spent, the worse and worst
times still succeed the former”. This basically means again that youth
die and your looks get worse when you grow older.

Finally the last paragraph sums up the whole poem to put across the
clear message “Then be not coy, but use your time, and while ye may go
marry: For having lost but…