Time and Change in Poetry Essay

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Time and Change in Poetry

Comparing and discussing two poems written by two different people in two different times on the subject of time and change.

Time and Change

I will be comparing and discussing two poems written by two different people in two different times on the subject of time and change. The subject time and change is part of our everyday lives and it affects our behaviour and attitudes.

The first poem I will be studying is “To the Virgins, to Make Much of
Time” which I will refer to as poem 1 and is by Robert Herrick in the
16th Century. The title of the poem makes the reader think that it has a sexually orientated meaning to it. The second poem is “I Remember, I
Remember”, which I will be referring to
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As well as similarities, both poems have strong comparisons. Poem 1’s main theme is giving instruction or advice to the reader regarding age and is directed at “the virgins”. Poem 2 is a reflective poem of the poets own personal experiences, his memories and his view on his life then and now. It is easy for the reader to see that he has happy childhood memories. He also mentions his family “…where my brother set…”. When the poet talks about the present he seems depreesed/glum sad and bitter about how much his life has changed, for the worse rather than the better it would seem. It focuses mainly on the negative sides of growing older and talks of how different life is when you grow up. The poet is often slating his own childhood beliefs, as he talks of the fir trees tips “close against the sky” as a
“childish ignorance”. This suggests that he has moved on from things that pleased him as a child. He talks about what he believed in and the joy of a child’s imagination and possibilities for their life. The poet also reflects on his own state of mind on lines 23,24 and conveys feelings of hope. Both poems were written in different times and have different meanings for that particular time. Poem 1 was written in the
Elizabethan era, which was socially relaxed. Because people lived for a short period, it is written to remind women that their time is short and tell them that “while ye may, go marry”. Poem 2

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