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It is a blessing to those who live today that over the years men and women have written poetry In some poetry have been words reminding those who read it of the wonderful world in which they breathe and the necessity to live life One of the writers of such poetry was Robert Herrick Herrick used a lyrical style unappreciated in his day to write poetry that captured the very essence of carpe diem-to seize the day Many of his poems were published in a volume entitled Hesperides The most famous of those poems is To the Virgins to make much of Time By examining the work of Herrick-To the Virgins in particular his life and the times he lived in its possible to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of what he was writing about Specifically the purpose is to examine how Herricks use of imagery with his words contributes to the lyricism of the poemsAnd this same flower that smiles todayThe glorious lamp of heaven the sunThat age is best which is the firstBut being spent the worse and worstFor having lost but once your primeTo the Virgins to make much of Time is a poem decidedly representative of the poetry of Herrick In particular notice the use of nouns heavy on imagery Such as rosebud a-flying lamp of heaven and setting sun Each of these words and phrases bring to mind specific images This poem was one of the 1130 in the collection that Herrick had published as part of Hesperides in 1648 To the Virgins is representative of many of Herricks best poetry It uses extensive imagery especially with flowers What it is most representative of it is how it is lyrical There is ample evidence that Herrick intended many of his poems to be set to music including To the Virgins A E Gilmore wrote an essay on Herrick and the lyricism in his poetry He points out To the
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