Watch this presentation analysing the poem
- How does biographical knowledge of Sir Thomas Wyatt and King Henry VIII help you understand this poem? Be specific.
- What does the direct quote add to the poem’s meaning
- Explain how—according to the speaker—women and creatures are similar.
Then, read the following poem
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow 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 forever tarry.
How is this poem related to the previos one? Show examples from the texts.
Watch this scene from Dead Poets Society. What does the teacher say about the poem.