Carpe Diem Essay

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Carpe diem Essay

In the “carpe diem” poems “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time” and “Ulysses” the authors both use the theme of the poem to convey an argument of some sort. The poems are used to both make an argument and validate a point or statement, giving the poems more meaning and making the themes more obvious and enjoyable. The arguments in these poems are made very clear and set out for very noticeable objectives. The reason behind this is so that the authors can make strong standing statements and back them up with their personal point of view.

“To the Virgins to Make Much of Time” was written by Robert Herrick and conveys a very strong argument. He backs up his argument throughout nearly the entire length of the poem. His argument is directed at virgins and virgins only. He is trying to convey the point that you shouldn’t wait too long to give yourself to someone else because the person you are today will not be the same in the future. He uses the idea that time is flying by to back up this point “Old Time is still a flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying” (lines 2-4). He goes to say that you won’t always be in your prime and if you wait until afterwards you will regret not doing it. He says that being young makes it better and your emotions run higher, and that as you get older it just gets worse and worse, “That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer; But being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former” (lines 9-12). He ends the poem by informing the reader to use their time wisely because if they wait until after their prime they will regret it forever “Then be not coy, but use your time, And while ye may, go marry; For having lost but once your prime, You may for ever tarry” (lines 13-16). The poem conveys a valid argument with some very strong points and gives the reader something to think about.

The second poem is “Ulysses” by Tennyson and also conveys an argument...
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