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What does the phrase "carpe diem" mean, and how does it apply to Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress"?

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Carpe diem  is a Latin phrase that is often translated as "seize the day," although many serious Latin scholars might argue that something like "pluck the day" would be more accurate. In any case, the general contemporary meaning of the phrase is "enjoy the present," and it is essentially an exhortation to take advantage of life, as one will not...

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