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Denisse Franco
ENG 113 CE
Professor Sung
17 January 2016
Poem Analysis
Horace wrote a poem called Odes 1.11 to persuade Leuconoe that he should live life day
by day. Horace says “do not try.’Babylonian calculations. How much better it is to endure
whatever will be” to show that we should not care what the future holds for us because only
Jupider knows what will happen. (line 2-3) we should not anxious of how we are going to die,
the quote “You should not ask, it is wrong to know, what end the gods will have given to me or
to you” directly relates to deceased.( line 1-2) explains the idea of living a content life.Then he
highlights the idea that life is short by writing “and because of brief life cut short long-term
hopes.” (line 7) In “Odes 1.11”, Horace wants the reader to live a content life because we will
not know if we will be alive tomorrow.
Carpe diem is related to the poem “Be Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire because it explains
the idea of living a carefree life. Baudelaire wants his audience to be drunk all the time, “You
have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way.” (lines 1-2) Baudelaire uses
the analogy of being drunk and carefree because when people are drunk they do not care about
their surroundings or what people think. He wants people to expand their background and take
risk. An example of learning from a different perspective is when the author says,“ask the wind,
the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning,
everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time
it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock.” (lines 8-12) The last phrase of the poem the writer gives

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examples of ways to see the world from a different point of view, “On wine, on poetry or on
virtue as you wish.” (line 14) Over all, Charles Baudelaire wrote “Be Drunk” to influence his
readers to live life calm and experience new things.
Similarly,Dreams written by Langston Hughes describes what happens when dreams are
no longer being pursued. Hughes main argument that dreams are needed to live a positive life.
He implies the idea that if a dream is lost we are not living a dull life, by stating that“Life is a
barren field. ‘Frozen with snow.” if we do not have dreams. (lines 7-8) In addition, in order to
prove his point he compares when a dream dies to a sick bird, “life becomes broken-winged bird
‘That cannot fly.” (lines 3-4) Dreams influence our lives and without them our life is tedious.
“First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay is written about herself. Edna is trying to portray
the message that we need to learn to balance our life. She uses an comparison of a candle turned
on from both ends. This shows that she is living two different lifestyles. Next, she says” It will
not last the night” which means that she is having difficulty managing her life. (line 2) Finally,
once we get to stanza three the writer gives the reader insight of what she is struggling, But ah,
my foes, and oh, my friends—.” She describes her foes as the side that is not accepted by society
and friends by as a healthy lifestyle. The final stanza explains how even though it is hard to
balance her life she is still going to keep living the same life style, “It gives a lovely light!” ( line
4) Therefore, Edna St. Vincent Millay wants the audience to know that we need to have to keep
in check our everyday duties and luxuries.
The poem known as “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell is about a man who is
trying to persuade a woman to have sex with her. The quote “this coyness, lady, were no crime”‘
highlights the message that the author is trying to persuade.He tries to tell the women that we
need to live a life that is satisfied. Marvell’s way to get the women to sleep with her is by

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complimenting her and telling her how he is in love with her. Therefore, he further goes into
detail by saying how much he loves her,“Love you ten years before the flood.” (line 8) Next, he
tries to persuade her by giving her compliments of her body and beauty. Marvell writes “Thine
eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;Two hundred to adore each breast,But thirty thousand to the rest.”
(lines 14-15 ) In the final stanzas, Marvell explains that “ though we cannot make our sun. ‘Stand
still, yet we will make him run.”(line 45-46) Therefore, he describes his motive for having sex is
to keep him busy. The main theme in the poem is to do everything we desire because the poem
is about a man asking a girl to have sex with him so that he can live a full of luxury.