Robert Herrick: Poems

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

What does the speaker say about marriage?

Do you think the speaker has a positive or negative view of marriage? Explain your thinking and cite examples from the poem.

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It seems reasonable to assume that he has a positive view of marriage for the young "Then be not coy, but use your time/ And while ye may go marry" because if one does not, then the narrator says that the "virgin" "may forever tarry." In other words, she may never find someone to take her away from this life.