Robert Herrick’s poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” can be categorized as one of the “Carpe Diem” poems. The meaning of “Carpe Diem” is translated as “Seize the day” in English. The phrase “Carpe Diem” is originally Latin. This poem emphasizes the most important moment in each object which is seen in this world. Also, this poem addresses a group of virgins and all young unmarried women. In “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time,” Robert Herrick uses allegory and tone to illustrate the ideas of seizing the day.
First, the poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” uses a literary device of allegory by showing the example in each paragraph. An allegory is a representation of an abstract meaning which is one subject comes under another. There are four examples of using allegory in this poem. The first example is about a rose in the first paragraph. Herrick states that the rose should be gathered before it dies by saying “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” (Line 1) It shows that the best moment of the rose is when the flower is smiling which is seizing the day. The second example is the sun. The author makes “the glorious lamp of heaven, the sun” clear that once the sun goes up to the top, it come down to the bottom which means that seizing the day comes only once when it comes to the top, and it won’t last long. (Line 5) The third example is about life. According to this poem, the author says “that age is best which is the first,” and “times, will succeed the former.”(Line 9 and 12) The author tries to get understanding of the importance of seizing the day when is the first. The last one is about get married. The author thinks that getting married is one of the examples of seizing the day. He encourages all of the virgins to “go marry” while they are young, and if that opportunity is lost, it won’t come again. (Line 14) As Herrick shows the worst situation which is coming from not being...