John Donne: Poems

what do the rosebuds symbolize >> from stanza 1 what does the course of a day symbolize >> from stanza 2 does the poet fix the meaning of the rosebud symbol in the last stanze or merely name one of its specific meaning

to the virgins , to make much of time

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In the first stanza the rosebuds are a metaphor for marriage, meaning if a young girl waits to long to marry she may bloom, begin to wither, and never have the opportunity to marry at all.

The course of a day once again represents life. Our lives begin with the sunrise and end with the sunset.

The meaning of the rosebuds symbol is the same throughout the poem.