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To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Summary & Analysis
by Robert Herrick

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"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" is Robert Herrick's famous 1648 carpe diem poem, encouraging women (and readers in general) to make the most of their youths while they still can. Taking the posture of a wise counselor, the poem's speaker cautions "coy" women that youth comes to an end, death comes for everyone, and no one's sexual prime lasts forever—so they'd probably better take a lover while they still can! Beyond its cheekiness, this is a poem about enjoying life while it's there to be enjoyed.

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