John Donne: Poems

how far would you agree with the view that the note of sadness colours the pictures of youth and beauty painted ?

to the virgins , to make much of time

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I don't share the view that this poem is tinged with sadness. The only sadness I hear in Herrick's words is the sadness that accompanies an unfulfilled life, and in this case the source of unfulfillment would be the lack of a family (marriage and children).