In the poem "To Daffodils," how does poet Robert Herrick invite his readers to stay?

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In the poem "To Daffodils," through word repetition and imagery, poet Robert Herrick invites his readers to stay and enjoy the day just like the daffodils in the poem. Though the poem appears to be simply about nature, Herrick is actually comparing the life of a human being to the life of a daffodil and noting that the human's life truly is as short as the daffodil's life. Due to the brevity of life, Herrick is advocating that we enjoy the day together, pray together, enjoy life, and stay in this life for as long as we can.

The repetition of the word "stay," which appears three times, especially compels the readers to remain and enjoy the day. In addition, the repetitive use of the antithetical word "away" in conjunction with "stay" makes the reader want to do the opposite of go away, which would be to remain. We see word "away" being used in such phrases as "haste away so soon" and "and dry away."

Beautiful and captivating imagery also compels the reader to remain, such as references to the "early-rising sun," to evening, prayer, "summer's rain," and "morning's dew."

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