In this area, I'll list some of the things that I like best, for example:
Favorite TV Show:The OC
Favorite Book:The Wheel of Time Series
Sports Team:Detroit Red Wings [Hockey]
People I Most Admire:Superman,Batman,Cyclops,Magneto,The
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
To The Virgins, to make much of Time"
Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to make much of Time" encourages young people to live life to its fullest before it is
too late. This poem is a metaphor representing life and carpe diem. Through the use of structure, language and literary devices
Herrick displays the theme of using one's time to his or her fullest because life is short.
The poem uses structure to enforce the theme of carpe diem. Indentation plays a major role in displaying the theme by mimicking
the motions of a pendulum on a clock, which showcases time ticking away. The rhyme scheme helps enforce the idea of a pendulum
because it is one continuous repeating rhythm, abab cdcd efef ghgh, which is again makes the motions of the pendulum on a
clock. There is not much enjambment in the poem which signifies that life slows down and pauses, as seen in, "The sooner will
his race be run, And nearer he's to setting." (7-8), "But being spent, the worse, and worst, Times still succeed in the former."
(11-12) and "For having lost but once your prime, You may for ever tarry." (15-16). Punctuation is used, as well, heavily
in order to show the slowing and pausing of time in the poem to express the theme of living life to its fullest, as is shown
in, "The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner his race will be run, And nearer he's to
setting." (5-8). As shown above structure helps enforce the theme of carpe diem.
Language is also used to aid in illustrating the theme of making the most of life while you still have the chance. Such
language includes the use of imagery, mainly kinesthetic, as seen in, "Old Time is still a-flying:" (2), "To-morrow will be
dying." (4) and, "The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to setting." (7-8) which imitates what Herrick wants people
to do, make the most of life and live. Diction is used as well to convey the theme of carpe diem by using words that associate
with beginnings and endings such as, "rosebuds" (1), "Old Time" (2), "dying" (4), "race to be run" (7), "nearer he's to setting"
(8), "age" (9), and "youth" (10) to echo in people's minds how short life is by using so many different beginning and ending
related words in a short poem. Thus it is shown through the use of language the theme of carpe diem.
Literary devices are used the most throughout this poem to convey the theme of carpe diem. Such devices include sibilance
which illuminate the theme well by repeating the "s" sound to make the poem read faster which represents how life is viewed
by the poet and why people should make the most of it as shown in, "That age is best which is the first," (9) and "But being
spent, the worse, and worst, Time still succeed the former." (11-12). Also, the poet uses personification to get his point
across; he personifies "Time" (2), "flower" (3), and "sun" (5) and uses them to explain that time stops for no one and to
represent the life of a person and how short it is to get people to do something while they still are able. "Time" (2) explains
the passing of time in, "Old Time is still a-flying:" (2) because it says that Time is still "a-flying:" (2) which means that
it goes on and does not stop and wait around. "Flower" (3) represents the life of a human being in, "And this same flower
that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying." (3-4) to help enforce the shortness of life because flowers don't have a very
long cycle; the same is also true about the "sun" (5) in a single day because it is only seen for so many hours before it
is gone again, which is what the poet is trying to get across to the reader. Literary devices are used heavily in the poem
to help coney his theme of carpe diem.
Robert Herrick gets his message, of carpe diem, across through structure, language, and literary devices in "To the Virgins,
to make much of Time". The poem is directed at young women trying to persuade them to give up their maidenhood; since Robert
Herrick is known for using his literary works as pickup lines this may be another attempt at seducing young women.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
-Henry David Thoreau