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One very common type of poem is sometimes called the "carpe diem" (seize the day) poem. The phrase is derived from Horace's "Ode for Cassandra" (Ode 1.11), in which the narrator states: "seize the day, trusting the future as little as possible." Many poems in English expand on this theme. A common variant in the Renaissance was a poem of seduction, arguing that one should enjoy various pleasure while one can as the future is uncertain. Two of the best known of these are Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" and Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress".
Herrick's narrator suggests: "Then be not coy, but use your time,/ And while ye may, go marry". First, it should be noted that the term "marry" here is probably being used as a euphemism for losing their virginity. The narrator suggests that the virgins should take advantage of their youth and beauty because both are fleeting.
Marvell's narrator expresses a similar theme, suggesting that his mistress should not be coy and resist his advances as life is fleeting and: "The grave’s a fine and private place/ But none, I think, do there embrace."
Both poems use rhyme and other sonic devices, metaphor, and many other poetic devices.
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