The Fuck Out Of Diem Essay

1840 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
Carpe the Fuck Out of Diem
“We are food for worms, lads," announces John Keating, the unorthodox English teacher played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. “Believe it or not," he tells his students, “each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.” Strong words to tell a group of teenage boys, but perhaps Mr. Keating was onto something. The rallying cry of their classroom is carpe diem, popularized as “seize the day." A mantra to many, the famous phrase means to live in the moment for as long as you can as passionately as you can. Three poems that really highlight the idea that you must make the days count are “Some Days” by Billy Collins, “To the Virgin, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick, and lastly, the 2010 rock hit “My Body” by the Orange County natives, Young the Giant. Through each writer’s usage of tone, personal experiences, and by using imagery in their verses to trigger your senses, these three specific pieces of literature give the reader, or listener is some cases, a sense of ambition to chase after something they may have thought was unreachable.
Billy Collins is a poet from New York who is best known for his ability to create great imagery in his poems and for the recordings of his poems that were released in 1997. In his poem “Some Days,” Collins summarizes the two types of days he has: the days where he plays God and the days where he is just another pawn. For example, in the first line…

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