To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick
Summary: To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick is a poem that pushes one to make most of their life before their maximum potential is lost
Characters: The Speaker
- The speaker relates time to rosebuds and to gather "rosebuds while ye may"
- For if you wait too long, the rosebuds that were there for the picking may die
- The speaker relates time to the rising and the setting of the sun
- The speaker warns that the sun will rise only so much before it sets
- The speaker is telling us that we have more life in us when we are younger and that when youth is "spent" things get "worse" and "worst"
- The speaker tells the audience to "use your time" in it's prime for it only comes but once
- The speaker may be older and that's why he knows to tell the audience to take advantage of their youth and their prime
- The speaker issues an invitation to more than not, share the way he feels
- The audience may consider this an epigram because of its rhyme and meter
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