To Daffodils – Robert Herrick

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain’d his noon.
Stay, stay,
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song;
And, having pray’d together, we
Will go with you along.

We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
Ne’er to be found again.

  • Robert Herrick

  • the poem shows the sad tone or the poet is so sad because he knows that daffidols life is so short.he gives by the way afact that our life is really o short in some sense,so if you live for ahunderd years till you feel as afive minuts.and the poet asks the affidols to tay alife though he knows that its will not stay .because death will end all things in life.the life is beautiful like daffidols and the poet campare his life with the daffidols because both of them have short life.we know everything on earth is asubject to death so dont be scant.

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Robert\'s poem it showed that love is great and we must use the short time we live on earth to make the most of it. Robert compares the short time of a human\'s life to the short time daffodils have when blooming. \"Never to be found again\" meant as if once dead you can never be found alive again. Robert talks about the body\'s eventual death.

.A constant theme of the songs written by Robert Herrick is the short-lived nature of life, the fleeting passage of time. We find a note of melancholy/sadness in his poem which arises out of the realization that beauty is not going to stay forever.
In his poem ‘To Daffodils’, the poet Robert Herrick begins by saying that we grieve to see the beautiful daffodils being wasted away very quickly. The duration of their gloom is so short that it seems even the rising sun still hasn’t reached the noon-time. Thus, in the very beginning the poet has struck a note of mourning at the fast dying of daffodils.
The poet then addresses the daffodils and asks them to stay until the clay ends with the evening prayer. After praying together he says that they will also accompany the daffodils. This is so because like flowers men too have a very transient life and even the youth is also very short-lived.
“We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring.”
The poet symbolically refers to the youth as spring in these lines. He equates/compares human life with the life of daffodils. Further he says that both of them grow very fast to be destroyed later. Just like the short duration of the flowers, men too die away soon. Their life is as short as the rain of the summer season, which comes for a very short time; and the dew-drops in the morning, which vanish away and never return again. Thus, the poet after comparing the flowers to humans, later turns to the objects of nature – he has compared the life of daffodils with summer rain, dew drops.
The central idea presented by the poet in this poem is that like the flowers we humans have a very short life in this world. The poet laments that we too life all other beautiful things soon slip into the shadow and silence of grave. A sad and thoughtful mood surrounds the poem.

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1-4. Good Daffodils, we are sad to see you die; you die quicker than the rising sun that has not reached noon.
5-10. Don’t die, untill the the sun has left; we will live together and then we will die together.
11-14. We also can only live as long as you, we die when spring is gone, we will die once we are grown.
15-20. when we die as the hours pass we will wither away with the summer in the rain; or like te dew which is never to be seen again.
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The main theme of the poem is about the ravages of time as used by Shakespeare and many other poets in their sonnets.
Here the narrator is advising the virgins to make use of their youth whilst they still have it on their side. He warns them that if they don't heed to his advice their condition might be like the flowers who smile brightly when they bloom , but it's only ephemeral because by the time they they soak themselves in their beauty, it's time for them to fade away or wither.
In the second stanza the narrator uses the metaphor of Sun to convey the theme of passing of time. He says, as the glorious lamp of heaven, the "Sun" when in his full energey is at the highest point, fades away when it's time for him to finish his race.
In the third stanza the narrator is convinced that the best time for everybody to enjoy is "youth" when your blood is warm i.e. when you have beauty and energy on your side. Once they leave your side you will only face the worst time of your life and nothing less.
The last stanza is a kind of didacticism, wherein the narrator advises the coy virgins not to waste their prime time because they won't get it back once they have lost it. It's no use repenting afterwards about the things they could have done in their youth once they have outgrown it because of their coyness.
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A summary of meaning of this poem:
Herrick compares the brevity of human life to the brief flowering of Spring daffodils. The last three lines suggest a finality ('Never to be found again.'). Is this at odds with the religious sentiment of the first verse ('evensong', 'prayed together')? No, Herrick is only talking about the body's eventual death. He almost certainly believes in God and in an afterlife.
magine it is late spring. As your thoughts wander, your eyes drift out the window to the sunny backyard. Birds are chirping and the air is warm. The garden is full of life, as flowers bloom and butterflies flutter about. But there is one thing wrong with this happy picture. The daffodils that bloomed in this garden just a few weeks ago are brown and wilted: dead. This is the picture illustrated in Robert Herrick’s poem, "To Daffodils." The theme of the poem is that life, whether floral or human, is short and usually ends sooner than desired. Herrick uses the rhythm, structure, and symbolism of the poem to support his theme.
The first technique that Herrick uses in his poem is rhythm; the rhythm of the poem is very short and disconnected, because it is composed of many short lines and words. Even the poem itself is very brief in length. A few short lines in this poem are: "Stay, stay", "Has run", "We die", and "Away." These lines are all created with one or two words and each contains only two syllables. They are shorter than the average line of four to five words. Some of the many short words that are used in the poem are: "we", "to", "so", "as", "go", "a", "or", "do", "of", "be", "yet", "and", "but", and "the." Each of these words has only a few letters and only one syllable, so they are said very quickly.
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The Daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring. Often the daffodil will bloom while the winter is trying to hold on, making it a short lived flower. The Latin name for the Daffodil is Narcissus. Narcissus was a man who was in love with himself and stood over a pool of water staring at his reflection until he turned into a flower. The Daffodil represents unrequited love or deceitful hopes archaically, but modern day it has taken on other meanings. Generally it is a flower that is bad luck for a wedding. I don't know man.. that's all I got..



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