What Is Life Without Literature and Song?
Hi all! Literature will rock this term! Kevin Cheng's taking me for Singaporean Lit while Edmund Teo's taking me for Lit Stylistics. Kevin's quite nice but Edmund totally rocks!!! During Singaporean Lit, we just went through some admin stuff and introduction to Singaporean Lit. But during Lit Stylistics, we went through the poem below. The main theme is to get young people to enjoy their youth and well, have sex while they are still young... Hehe... We were preddy reluctant to say the theme of sex at first and put it in quite subtle language. However, Edmund went to the board and wrote SEX real big, and he said: "On my count of three, You all shall say this word loud and clear. This poem also has the theme of..(one, two, three).. SEX!!!!" It was quite funny... But this is a great poem in which the metaphors and images all fall together nicely to create this wonderful picture of youth. Enjoy..
To the Virgins, to make much of Time
by Robert Herrick
GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow 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 for ever tarry.