The poem is unusual because it was written in the early seventeenth century.
Edna Pickett's sophomore English class, circapoetry became my passion. Of course, even worse is its agist stance. However, even today "agism" is alive and well and unnoticed as denigrating even by the most ardent politically correct.
Observe how older political candidates are treated.
The body politic demands of them complete health records while it is completely within the realm of possibility that younger candidates could be less healthy than older ones. Just recall John F. Kennedy, who was elected president while still in the early forties. Today if even mentioned, his health record might be disqualifying.
Of course, of a young man in his early forties, no one would think to question the health status. Yes, agism is alive and well in the American Twenty-First Century.
Robert Herrick's poem, "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time," spews out an egregious conglomeration of both sexism and agism, as the speaker urges young women to get married while they are still young, fresh, warm, and lovely enough to attract a man. 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.
Then be not coy, but use your time, And while ye may, go marry; For having lost but once your prime, You may forever tarry. Reading of "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" Commentary The speaker is commanding young unmarried women to hurry up and marry before they become old and haggard.
A perverse irony hovers over the speaker's opening command, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Thus a more suitable command might be "spread out your rose petals while you can.
He might have in mind even the nosegay held by brides as they trundle down the aisle to join their grooms for the taking of the marriage vows. However, "rosebuds" also metaphorically stand in for the youth on the bodies of the nubile young virgins. The "rosebuds" are beautiful in youth, but they will be withering up soon and "dying.
And for a woman to die with hymen in tact is a dreadful, dastardly situation! Women who grow old transform from supple young buds into old stink weeds, and of course, no man will want to marry an old weed.
The speaker thinks he is doing these young gals a great service by insisting they marry before they dry up like an old weed.
The second stanza finds the speaker waxing redundant as he refers to the sun both metaphorically and literally: The spelling, "rhyme," was introduced into English by Dr.
Samuel Johnson through an etymological error. For my explanation for using only the original form, please see " Rime vs Rhyme: The higher the sun moves the closer he is to setting. And while in reality there is no such thing a "setting" for the sun, the beauty of the poor little virgins will, in fact, run its course and set and then they are screwed ironic pun intended!
Old Age Sucks, Dude! The speaker then pushes his notion that youth is where it's at, man.From the title, we can tell that the speaker is addressing this poem to a group of virgins.
He's telling them that they should gather their "rosebuds" while they can, because time is quickly passing. Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” delivers a playful tone, which encourages the reader to live life to its fullest. Tone as Attitude Tone is the speaker's attitude, and this attitude establishes the poem's atmosphere or mood.
Robert Herrick's poem, "To the Virgins to make much of Time," focuses upon the idea of carpe diem. The poem stresses the idea of marriage while love and flesh are still young, or one may suffer in their later years alone and loveless.5/5(1).
Make the most of youth—this is the message in Robert Herrick's poem, "To the Virgins to make much of Time." Virginity applies to innocence and youth time in the beginning of adulthood when one.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick, - Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying. We make no warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability and suitability with respect to the information.
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