To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds)
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds) Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
People have often seen "To the Virgins" as a poem that exemplifies carpe diem. That's Latin for "seize the day," a phrase meaning "make the most of the time you have." The poem is about making the...
Mortality is a fancy word for the inevitability of death. "To the Virgins" talks about the death of a flower, the setting of the sun (another kind of death, and a metaphor for human life), about ho...
Man and the Natural World
There's a lot of nature in this poem. The first half of "To the Virgins" talks about flowers and the sun. Even though the speaker talks about rosebuds and about how the sun rises, he also reminds u...
The speaker of "To the Virgins" doesn't say anything about marriage until the second-to-last line of the poem, where he tells the virgins to "go marry" so they don't spend their whole life being si...
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