• A summary of meaning of this poem:
Herrick compares the brevity of human life to the brief flowering of Spring daffodils. The last three lines suggest a finality ('Never to be found again.'). Is this at odds with the religious sentiment of the first verse ('evensong', 'prayed together')? No, Herrick is only talking about the body's eventual death. He almost certainly believes in God and in an afterlife.
magine it is late spring. As your thoughts wander, your eyes drift out the window to the sunny backyard. Birds are chirping and the air is warm. The garden is full of life, as flowers bloom and butterflies flutter about. But there is one thing wrong with this happy picture. The daffodils that bloomed in this garden just a few weeks ago are brown and wilted: dead. This is the picture illustrated in Robert Herrick’s poem, "To Daffodils." The theme of the poem is that life, whether floral or human, is short and usually ends sooner than desired. Herrick uses the rhythm, structure, and symbolism of the poem to support his theme.
The first technique that Herrick uses in his poem is rhythm; the rhythm of the poem is very short and disconnected, because it is composed of many short lines and words. Even the poem itself is very brief in length. A few short lines in this poem are: "Stay, stay", "Has run", "We die", and "Away." These lines are all created with one or two words and each contains only two syllables. They are shorter than the average line of four to five words. Some of the many short words that are used in the poem are: "we", "to", "so", "as", "go", "a", "or", "do", "of", "be", "yet", "and", "but", and "the." Each of these words has only a few letters and only one syllable, so they are said very quickly. Since they are used many times, the words make the poem’s rhythm... [continues]
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