A Day's Time

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Centuries apart Robert Herrick and Robert Frost wrote poems illustrating the brevity of life. “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Herrick and “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Frost are the two poems which address the limited time humanity, especially the time of youth, has to spend in this life. Both authors use nature to symbolize the shortness of life and the time spent in youth. A symbol of nature utilized in both …

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…is setting, and as man is born, he is dying. Robert Herrick and Robert Frost use a flower and the day to symbolize the transient nature of youth. A flower, the day, and youth are fleeting states, which need to be enjoyed to its fullest. Youth is beautiful and the realization that life is short has not yet occurred. Shortly the flower will wilt, the day is spent, and man will be in the grave.