The Elements Of Poetry By Robert Herrick Essay

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Seizing the Day with the Elements of Poetry The Latin phrase “Carpe diem” means to “seize the day.” This motto is used as a common theme throughout literature and poetry. In Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” the theme of Carpe diem is coupled with a message that urges young women into relationships due to the destructive power of the passing of time. Herrick and Marvell are able to get the theme across by the manipulation of the elements of poetry to support and aid the readers to drawing the authors’ intended purpose and lesson out of the text. To begin, the format of the poems reflects the theme through the meter and use of the rhyme scheme. The poem by Robert Herrick, “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time,” has an Iambic tetrameter and a trimeter format with a simple ABAB rhyme scheme. This causes the poem to have a happy sing-song feel or tone to it. Also with the alteration and grouping of the rhyme scheme, each stanza is broken into two parts of two. This represents the theme for it is pairing the lines into happy couples. In “To His Coy Mistress” Marvell also uses iambic tetrameter, however with an AABB rhyme scheme. This still creates the desired effect of the couples to show the importance of living life to the fullest with someone while one still can.
These two poems also have a structure to them that aids the readers in the process of distinguishing the authors’ intended theme. They both have a…

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