That hair is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer, But being spoilt, the worse, and worst Hairs will succeed the former. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to setting. For with the dream foregone, foregone, The deed foreborn forever, The worm Regret will canker on, And time will turn him never. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to setting. The lines ring repeatedly with a sense of time passing all too quickly, taking youth and beauty with it. Personification is a figure of speech where non-human entities are given human abilities or characteristics. Should, harmony discarded, clash, cacophany unmuzzled, accompany discordant crash the picture leaves folk puzzled.
So were it well to love, my love, And cheat of any laughter The fate beneath us, and above, The dark before and after. Your counsel is both sound and wise, That we should all go mating; But hist! Over the next decade, Herrick became a disciple of , about whom he wrote five poems. From far Siam some, star 'I am, ' self-confident, disdaining, by rule of thumb strays - seldom dumb - survive nine lives in training. After all, time surely does pass all too fast for many of us. A group of religious poems printed in 1647 appear within the same book under a separate title page bearing the name His Noble Numbers.
When on the prowl cats never howl, advancing slow, suspicious, soon rodent, owl, hands in the towel - they pounce on prey delicious. Who purr prefers can seldom err when stroking fur so glossy, take care cad cur sharp claws deter when Flossy fair turns bossy. Beware mad Madoff Ponzi schemes as global crisis deepens, which threaten true American dreams as housing value cheapens. This poem is part of the public domain. The British Cavalier poets of 17th Century, which included Thomas Carew, Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace, Andrew Marvell, Edmund Waller, George Wither and others. This lends the lines a purposeful and decisive feel: make no mistake, the poet says, even your youth will fade, the flower will wither, and — eventually — die.
That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer; But being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former. Rich stake once lost may not return to line stitch pocket, betting is fun when winning, luck may turn loss apple-cart upsetting. His father died when he was a toddler, two days after writing his last will and testament and presumably by committing suicide. I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers, Of April, May, of June, and July flowers. Then be not coy, but use your time, And while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime You may for ever tarry.
The third stanza ends with a bit of irony, as Herrick pointed out: Being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former. His post carried a term for a total of thirty-one years, but during the Great Rebellion in 1647, he was removed from his position because of his Royalist sympathies. Born on August 24, 1591, Robert Herrick was the seventh child and fourth son born to a London goldsmith, Nicholas, and his wife, Julian Stone Herrick. A fan of Classical literature, he often employed lyrical and narrative formats for his work. At age 16, Herrick began a ten-year apprenticeship with his uncle. In the 1600s, Robert Herrick reminded young women that beauty is fleeting.
This is hinted at by the imagery employed in the first stanza: Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying. That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer; But being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former. . Take rapid turn lest bridges burn and melt down mark-up merry, for salad days may not return, and Charon waits with ferry. The internal rhymes are delicately balanced, so that while and smiles come at the same point in the first and third lines respectively the sixth syllable in the line and still and will come at the same point in the second and fourth lines the fourth syllable in each case. The entire collection contains more than 1200 short poems, ranging in form from epistles and eclogues to epigrams and love poems. Once caught on hop when prices drop investors need be nifty, to foreclosed shop turns mirage crop - stay healthy and stay thrifty! Carpe diem is a more serious prospect given the dangers, when death is visible all around.
His body was found beneath the fourth-story window of the family home. Image: Robert Herrick author unknown , via. Red rose in bloom bedecks the tomb of love lost, cost uncounted, grey shadows loom so don't assume winged options once dismounted. When toxic loans come home to roost who'll chicken out? The myrtle and the rose, the rose, The sunshine and the swallow, The dream that comes, the wish that goes The memories that follow! Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.
I sing of Maypoles, hock carts, wassails, wakes, Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes. He became friends with famous poet Ben Jonson and other literary figures in London. That age is best when Youth has done with superficial fretting, right choice attested, others shun, sage bats beat restless netting. Soar far beyond past poets' bond ignore crass trendy jargon on which Time's wand, wind waves, scarce fond, who now remembers Sargon? Traditionally, the poem has also provided a persuasive argument for those making marriage proposals and other life-changing suggestions. He never married, and many of the women mentioned in his poems are thought to have been fictional. That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer; But being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to setting. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying. Gather Ye Kittens Gather blind kitten human kind - though who'll own who seems doubtful autonomy we often find leaves only one devoutful. Carpe diem expresses a philosophy that recognizes the brevity of life and therefore the need to live for and in the moment. Game end, be coy, spend well swift time, do not at table tarry, wins quick enjoy — or not a dime is left — obliged to marry! Then be not coy, but use your time, And, while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime, You may forever tarry. At the same time, poet Robert Herrick seems to include an instruction, a warning or an admonition.