© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Quote #4

For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry. (15-16)

It is intriguing that "tarry" rhymes with "marry." On the one hand, the rhyme calls attention to an opposition while also suggesting a likeness at the level of sound. Is the poem questioning its own investment in marriage as a way to make the most of one's time?

back to top