‘Carpe Diem’ translates as ‘Seize the day!’
Robert Herrick‘s poetry of the 17th century is full of exuberance, warmth and joviality. It is so lyrical – you almost feel it should be set to music and sung with gusto!
His Elizabethan language is more clear and understandable, particularly to the modern reader, than that of many of his contemporaries whose poetical style was the popular ‘metaphysical’ (inventive use of metaphors, similes and imagery on love etc.)
Herrick encourages us to make the most of our time and our life…love is splendid and the world is beautiful.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time ye is a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be a-dying.
from ‘To the Virgins to Make Much of Time’