To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Essay

Robert Herrick
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Ketteler has taught literature and composition. In this essay, she focuses on the way Herrick uses the carpe diem theme and how this traditional literary motif is influenced by gender considerations.

One of the most well-remembered and oftquoted lines in all of English poetry, "Gather ye Rose-buds while ye may," opens Robert Herrick's poem, "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." Critics have often described this work as a "carpe diem" poem. Herrick is not alone in his use of this literary motif; in fact, many seventeenth-century English poets embraced the idea of carpe diem, meaning "seize the day" in Latin. Critic Roger Rollin goes as far as to say that this is the poem "that has fixed the concept of carpe diem in the popular imagination forever." The underlying message in the poem appears to be one of uplift: waste no time; live your life to...

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