What is the structure and form in this poem?

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The poem is divided into four stanzas, each with four lines. A stanza with four lines is called a quatrain. The poem is structured so that the first two quatrains describe the problem, and the next two quatrains offer the solution. The problem is that we only have a finite amount of time on this earth. This is established in the first stanza with the reference to "Old Time . . . still a-flying" and is emphasized in the second stanza with the image of the "setting" sun. The solution offered in the second half of the poem is to "use your time . . . while ye may," or, in other words, to make the most of your time while you can. This message places the poem in the carpe diem (Latin for "seize the day") genre of poetry.

As regards the form of the poem, the first three stanzas are written in the third person perspective, but in the fourth, Herrick switches to the second person direct address, encouraging the reader to "use your time" and warning them that otherwise "you may forever tarry." By...

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