It`s a decision he sees as crucial to a woman`s life and happiness. She must marry as long as she is beautiful, otherwise the opportunity will be lost. The «virgin» could «linger forever» if she lost her «golden age». The metaphors of the poem deal with the passage of time, which leads to decay and death: the flower will die tomorrow, the sun is running towards its disappearance, time passes from best to worst. Given this progress, would it not be better to focus on it? Thus, instead of interpreting the last line as a warning («you can wait in vain to get married»), we can find an opportunity in it: «Through sex, you may be able to delay the passage of time» (although in this reading «forever» would be an exaggeration: if sex were good enough, it could seem like an eternity). So do not be shy, but use your time, And as long as you can, go and marry; For the fact that you only lost your golden age once, you can stay forever. On this basis, the interpretation of the last stanza as «Marry while you are in the prime of life, otherwise you will wait forever for an opportunity to find a husband» is quite plausible and defensible. However, we must be careful when teasing the consequences of double meaning, because «tarry» does not mean «relax», but «waiting; linger; Stayâ. And the idea that virginity might be something a young woman might worry about to relax once lost is a modern idea, and it would be anachronistic to reread it in Herrick`s day, when female virginity was conventionally conceived as something precious to preserve for marriage. Nice analysis. I would add something about how modernity reshapes the message.
Herrick lived in a time when life was like roses. At first glance, they could be spoiled by poor health or hygiene and illness, or swept away completely by the plague or childbirth. Carpe diem is a more serious prospect, given the dangers of death visible everywhere. Those who «linger» and survive beyond adolescence are extremely lucky, like Herrick himself, who survived the Civil War and died in his 80s. But I remember Charlotte Bronte`s father who wanted her to wait before getting married, but she didn`t and died shortly after the wedding due to pregnancy-related complications. Rose buds are beautiful while they are still buds, but they will soon wither and «die». The physical gains of roses and virgins will age and fade. Like a rose that has its peak behind her, the young woman will fade in her physical appearance as she enters her final years.
The speaker therefore wants to compare the course of Virgo through life with the course of the sun through the sky during the day. The higher the sun, the closer it gets to sunset. He believes that if they remain reserved, postpone marriage and lose the flower of life, they must simply endure existence as if stuttering in limbo. Readers who enjoyed «To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time» should also read some of Robert Herrick`s other well-known poems. For example, «Finding God,» «On Juliet`s Clothes,» and «Joy in the Clutter.» The latter expresses the beauty that the speaker sees in the small, messy details of life. It mentions clothing and nature. «Upon Julia`s Clothes» is one of many poems Herrick wrote about a person named Julia. He shows his desire for the woman by focusing on what she wears. In «To Find God,» Herrick attempts to remind readers of humanity`s search for God and the truth of religion. In general, teenage girls are more attractive than older women and, therefore, younger women are more likely to be able to attract a life partner.
The speaker ordered young single women to hurry up and marry before they were past the prime of life, when marriage was most necessary and as much as possible for women. Q: Does the speaker`s advice in Robert Herrick`s «To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time» still apply today in the twenty-first century? Question: Symbolically, how are humans connected to the elements of the natural world? In particular, discuss the use of flowers and the sun in the poem. This speaker believes that these young women are stuck in an inferior situation if they find themselves without a husband to care for them. He therefore wished to save those young women from a life without love and without s*x; Therefore, he insists that they marry before they grow old and lose their naked and fresh qualities. It is his goal that all those who are still in favour of time should not waste the remaining years. He addresses this piece to a certain type of listener or reader, a «virgin». From the use of this term, it is clear that it refers to any young single woman who, according to him, will waste her beauty if she does not marry as soon as possible. It is obvious that redundancy is committed to rhyming with the third line: «The sooner its race is run. You`re right that the line The meaning or message of the poem is relatively simple: as mentioned above, the poem is an example of «carpe diem literature» that asks the recipient to «grasp the day» and make the most of life. We say «recipient,» but as the title of the poem makes clear, Herrick is really addressing more than one person: «virgins.» This provides another clue as to what he means: like Andrew Marvell`s seductive text «To His Shy Mistress,» Herrick advises virgins to «take a lot of time» while having fun before their youth and beauty fade. This is indicated by the images used in the first stanza: however, the narrator of Marvell`s poem and Parolles attempt to convince a woman to become his lover, while Robert Herrick`s poem is not written from this point of view.
The narrator of «To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time» does not push his own agenda, but encourages young women in general to marry at a young age. For this reason, the first reading is more plausible than the second, although it is possible to read the second meaning in Herrick`s poem. The second reading, for example, would mean that Herrick`s narrator is merely pretending to take a neutral stance while silently hoping that one of these virgins will favor him. Once they have passed their «golden age», they will not be able to exist, and this existence will be like dwelling in limbo. If they wait until they have their best years behind them, that is, the first and best phase of life behind them, they can no longer hope for a happier life. The other three stanzas of the poem broaden the central feeling so concisely and perfectly in this opening stanza. They are less remarkable than the first verse, but they show a similar use of the repetition of contrasts and opposites: higher/earlier/closer in the second stanza, the best/first/worst in the third (with the missing complement, the last, lurking unspoken but ominous behind the lines) and time/first (no simple opposites, although it is the passage of time, which will lead to the passage of its own apogee) in the last stanza.