Herrick's poem is part of a genre called "carpe diem," which means "seize the day." In the poem, the speaker mounts a forceful argument to his beloved to enjoy their love affair to the fullest in the here and now. The two should make love while they can, because they are not getting any younger—and youth is the best part of life.
Herrick's speaker supports his argument by comparing their youth to the blossoming of rosebuds. Everyone knows that rosebuds bloom and fade quickly, so you have to gather them when you can. Likewise, human beauty and vitality quickly fade: it is no good to want to be lovers when both of you are old and infirm.
In a second comparison, the speaker notes that the sun travels quickly across the sky: as we make the most of daylight, so we should make the most of youth.
Finally, the beloved should not be shy ("coy") now, because she will have plenty of time for that once she is old and undesirable.
Make the most of youth—this is the message in Robert Herrick 's poem,...
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