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British Lit Poems and Literature Journal Living in the Present Today’s journal entry will discuss a poem that I found to be very interesting and enjoyable. I enjoyed the message of treasuring one’s youth that Robert Herrick wrote and decided to look him up to learn more about his childhood and how it influenced his poem, “To The Virgins Make Much of Time”. This poem is written to virgins, who can also be thought of as youth. In the poem, Herrick advises the youth of his time to take in the pleasures and lack of responsibility that is granted in one’s early years. Some of Herrick’s influences on his poetry may be centered on the fact that he grew up without a father. His father, a successful goldsmith committed suicide when he was only a toddler, one year of age at the time. He had a large portion of his own childhood ripped away from him because of that event which might be one of the reasons that he urges children to live care-free and not worry so much about the future. Herrick claims that childhood is precious and “That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer”. In this quote, he is explaining that time passes one by so fast; sometimes it is difficult to just live in the moment, which is exactly what he is encouraging his readers to do. His message to find content in the present may have also been influenced by the fact that as a result of the English Civil War, he lost his job as a vicar to the Dean Prior when he refused to pledge his allegiance to The Solemn League and Covenant. Such catastrophic political events were out of his control. Such events may have had a hefty role in shaping his literary works. There are also a great deal of similarities between this poem and a quote by Tom Petty that says "I've learned one thing, and that's to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does”. Both Herrick and Petty express their concern that youth who don’t take some time out for themselves and constantly worry about deadlines and pleasing others will miss out on some of the best times of their lives. Both encourage young people to cherish their youth because this phase in their lives will eventually come to an end, and after youth ends, there is no reverting back. It is interesting that a similar message is being conveyed throughout time. Herrick, who wrote in the 17 th century and Petty of the 21 st century both share a common theme in their messages. It seems to be a universal notion to want to preserve youthfulness and irresponsibility because it is an inevitable truth that it will soon cease to exist. Petty’s statement mirrors that of Herrick’s lines in “To the Virgins, Make
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ENGL 1302 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '07 term at Baylor.

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