Carpe Diem


Which means, as you remember from your Latin class, “seize the day.” What, no Latin? Me, neither. But I’ve been thinking lately about this poem by Robert Herrick, which is all about this. Why this sudden interest? Signs and portents have been abundant that the sun doesn’t stay its course. And of course, because this poem from the seventeenth century is perfectly understandable today. The painting? It’s a 1909 work by pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse, called “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May.” Wonder where he got that.