Essay To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

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An Interpretation of Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” (1641) In Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” there is a recurring theme of Carpe diem throughout the piece. Carpe diem means to “seize the day” or live life to the fullest. Herrick’s clever use of metaphors and personification sets the tone of the story. Life is cruel in that it gives a person so little time to be young, however, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” encourages its reader to live the best life one can. Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” is a relatively simple poem. It consists of the narrator talking to a general group of people. It is basically a lyric poem. Lyric poetry is composed of poetry that …show more content…
Being that Herrick is of an older age when he wrote this poem the reader can tell he is old fashioned. “Herrick believes this gift of virginity to be a great waste if not given while it is still desirable. Virginity is a gift for the simple reason that it can only be given once to one person, which he believes should be the husband.”
The author not only uses a number of metaphors throughout the poem, but also uses some personification and alliteration. In the second stanza he refers to the sun as a human being when he says, “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” (lines 8-11). He refers to the sun as a “he” as if it is a real person. Along with personifying the sun, Herrick also writes of smiling flowers. The creative use of words makes the poem fun and interesting. This poem suggests a didactic, yet informative kind of tone. Herrick writes as if he is telling the reader what to do, yet in a more sympathetic way. In conclusion, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” is a deeply informative poem that focuses on living life to the very fullest. Although Herrick does have a slight didactic tone it seems he truly means well. The author seems to be speaking from personal memories since he well into age as he writes this piece of work. The reader can be sympathetic towards the author because Herrick writes

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