Carpe Diem Essay

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Carpe DiemDo you live for today, or worry about tomorrow? If you live for today you follow the ideals of Carpe Diem, which is defined as seize the day. Many people and lifestyles follow these ideals and, they do not worry about tomorrow. In The Passionate Shepherd, Marlowe shows seizing the day by thinking of everything beautifully. To him nothing seems bad or negative. The shepherd wants to live his life to fullest with his love forever. He sees life as perfect, and wants to give his love every luxury that she could want. "Come live with me, and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods or steepy mountains yields." (Marlowe, p. 233)He wants to live with her in the woods, and enjoy all that nature offers. "A belt of straw and ivy buds, with coral clasps and amber studs." (Marlowe, p. 233) He is telling his love that she will have every material possession that she could ever dream of, if she comes with him. "The shepherd swains shall dance and sing, For thy delight each May morning. If these delights thy mind may move, Than live with me, and be my love." (Marlowe, p. 233)He leaves his love to decide what she will do, and waits for her to come and join him, living in the woods. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd is the opposite of Carpe Diem, because the Nymph tells that things are not always beautiful. She brings it to attention that winter will come, things will die, and the shepherd's perfect plan doesn't always stand true. "If all the world and love were young, And truth in every shepherd's tongue, These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee and by thy love." (Raleigh, p. 235)She tells the shepherd, if everything were beautiful, and I knew that you weren't lying to me, and I could really expect all the pleasures in the world, I would come live with you and be your love. The Nymph knows that the shepherd cannot offer everything that he says he can. "The flowers do fade, and wanton fields To wayward winter reckoning yields; A honey tongue, a heart of gall Is fancy's spring, but sorrows fall."...

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