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To the Virgins and Mistress SQs

To the Virgins and Mistress SQs

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Study Questions for the Seventeenth Century Poetry Unit
Study Questions for the Seventeenth Century Poetry Unit

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"To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick 
1.
Why does the speaker suggest the audience should gather rose-buds now? Why not wait until a later month (i.e., what mayhappen to the flower tomorrow, according to the speaker?2.What might rose-buds represent on a more general level of meaning?3.What are some of the images the poet uses to convey the idea of passing time?4.Which age is the best age according to the speaker?5.Why is it the best age?6.What is the possible pun on the word "marry" in the next to lastline?7.What mistake might the audience make if they lose their prime?
8.
Do people get married for the same reasons as they used toduring Herrick's time (the 1600s)?9.How might marriage be construed as a way of making the mostof one's time?
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Were you surprised when you got to the end of the poem andrealized it was about marriage? Why or why not?
“To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
Theme of mortality 
11. Does the speaker want to be immortal? What makes you thinkwhat you do? Is the narrator afraid of dying? If so, how do you know? If not, why not?12. What do you think of the speaker’s description of the afterlife? Whydoes the speaker decide to use that here?
Theme of sex 
13. The speaker obviously wants to have sex with the mistress. Doeshe also love her?14. If so, how does he express his love?15.Explain why the speaker think it’s a "crime" for the mistress not tohave sex with him?16. Does his argument have any merit? Explain why, or why not. (Itmay take a sentence or two)17. How does it make you feel when the speaker talks about sex anddeath together?

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