Explain how the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme is expressed in Andrew Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress."

Explain how the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme is expressed in Andrew Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress."

Explain how the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme is expressed in Andrew Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress."

Explain how the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme is expressed in Andrew Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress."

The term “carpe diem” means “seize the day.”  In modern English we would probably say it as “take what you can get, when you can get it.”   In other words, don’t put things off — life is short.Given this, you should be able to see how this theme is shown in the poem.  The speaker is telling his love that if life wasn’t short, he would be really patient.  For example:And you should, if you please, refuseTill the conversion of the Jews.But, in the second stanza, he says that time is flying by.  Because of that, there’s no point in waiting.  He says that they should start sleeping together sooner rather than later.  Otherwise,And your quaint honour turn to dust,And into ashes all my lust.The grave’s a fine and private place,But none I think do there embrace.This is very much a “carpe diem” idea — we will soon be dead, let’s live life now and not wait for later.
Explain how the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme is expressed in Andrew Marvell’s "To His Coy Mistress."