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TO DAFFODILS

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain'd his noon.
Stay, stay,
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song;
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along.

We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Away,
Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
Ne'er to be found again.

This poem, written by Robert Herrick, supports the idea of Carpe diem; our life is short and we must live it in the better way. The poet makes a comparison between people and daffodils because of the shortness of their life.
The poem is split into two stanzas and each stanza is made up of ten lines. Lines have an irregular length, are aligned and begin with capital letter.

There are six run-on lines: lines 1-2 (“we weep to see You haste away so soon”), lines 2-3 (“the early-rising sun Has not attain'd his noon”), lines 6-7, (“the hasting day Has run”), lines 9-10, (“we Will go with you along”), lines 15-16 (“We die As your hours do”) and lines 16-17 (“and dry Away”). There is an irregular rhyme scheme, which is: ABCBDDCEAC- FGHGIIHJKH. There is alliteration in line 1: “Fair Daffodils, we weep to see” and four end-stopped lines (lines 4-10-14-20).There are three repetitions of the word “stay” in line 5 and in line 11.
To sum up, I like this poem, because I agree with his life conception.

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