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Carpe diem is a Latin phrase meaning seize the day In poetry carpe diem gives the literature the theme of living for today Examples of carpe diem can be found in poems such as The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell These poems are written in a romantic fashion and detail the many pleasures the speakers wish to give their loves Both Marlowe and Marvell realizing just how precious time and love are use carpe diem poetry to implore with their loves to amorously seize the day In The Passionate Shepherd to His Love Marlowe chooses to place the main emphasis on the pleasures or the fantasy that his speaker the shepherd chooses to live in Although he has a carpe diem mindset Marlowe expresses his seize the day mentality more gently than Marvell does Marlowe uses phrases like if these pleasures may thee move 19 and if these delights thy mind may move 23 to urge his love to come live with him and be his love 20 The use of the word if in his two imploring statements give the shepherds love options therefore making the request to seize the day a little less urgent The shepherd uses the pleasures of life to explain to his love that time is precious He wants her to know that the precious time they are given should be spent being in love and enjoying life together Marlowe reinforcing his emphasis on the delicacies of life begins his poem by immediately making reference to the pleasures the speaker can offer his love The speaker writes to his lady in the very first stanza about how the entire landscape--valleys groves hills and fields woods and steepy mountains-- will give them endless adventures 3-4 In stanza two the speaker appeals to his loves senses He describes how they will sit upon the rocks seeing the shepherds feed their
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