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Discussion in 'Types Of Poetry' started by MsJacquiiC, Sep 6, 2006.

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    CARPE DIUM poetry is originally derived from the Latin "carpe dium" which literally means "seize the day." So this type of poetry is all about the here-and-now & living for today. Often the poem is based on convincing one's desire to make love to him, for time is short and who know's what may happen...

    I've researched this poetic form and haven't been able to find any set format, but all examples I've come across are rhyming forms with no particular rhyme scheme. The example below is probably the most famous example of Carpe Dium poetry.

    Example by Robert Herrick:

    Gather ye rose-buds

    Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying:
    And this same flower that smiles to-day,
    To-morrow will be dying.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 6, 2006

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