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To the Virgins to Make Much of Time

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caroline robb

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of To the Virgins to Make Much of Time

To the Virgins to Make Much of Time

Theme
This poem is an example of carpe diem. The theme is to make the most of the time you have, because we all die eventually.
Shift
There is a shift from the beginning of the poem to the last part of the poem, at the beginning he talks about nature and living life to the fullest before becoming old then he shifts into talking more wise and seeing things in the right perspective.
Title (again)
The poem is about making the most of the time you have because you are only young for so long.
Attitude
Connotation
Paraphrase
Title
The title suggests that it is addressed to young women with much time on their hands. The author sounds as though he is telling them what to do with their time.
To the Virgins to Make much of time
By: Robert Herrick
Robert Herrick
He was born in Cheapside, London
Herrick wrote over 2,500 poems
despite all of his love poems, he never married
The over-riding message of Herrick’s work is that life is short, the world is beautiful, love is splendid, and we must use the short time we have to make the most of it.
"Enjoy your youth and be young. Just as the sun rises and sets, you too will age and grow. So be careful with your time so you don't waste it or you'll regret it when you are old
The Attitude for this poem is expressed by saying how you should make the most of your life on that day, because if you don't you can miss out. In situation it's difficult it should be handled first, to make it easier and take a chance because you will never know something until you try.
"And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying"

This line is an example of personification. the meaning isn't literal. It is a metaphor for one day something is smiling ( alive and growing) and before you know it, its gone.
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