To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Summary

Robert Herrick

At a Glance

In "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," the speaker urges virgins to seize the day and to take advantage of their youth. He tells them that, like the rose, their beauty if fleeting, and they should capitalize on it while they can.

  • The poem opens with the famous line, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."

  • The speaker tells the virgins that their youth is temporary, and they should marry soon.

  • The speaker warns the virgins that time will march on whether they want it to or not, so they might as well enjoy the best years of their lives.


(Poetry for Students)

Lines 1–4
In the opening stanza, the poet articulates the carpe diem tenet that urges one to “Seize the Day.” The...

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