Carpe Diem Poem by William Shakespeare

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Carpe Diem” is a famous Latin phrase that translates to “Seize the Day.” Although there isn’t a specific poem by William Shakespeare titled “Carpe Diem,” he often explored similar themes in his works. One of his famous sonnets, Sonnet 18, reflects on the transient nature of life and the importance of making the most of the present. Here’s an adaptation in the style of a “Carpe Diem” poem:

Carpe Diem Poem by William Shakespeare
Carpe Diem Poem by William Shakespeare

Carpe Diem Poem

Upon life’s stage, our fleeting hours do pass,
A play of shadows cast on mortal glass.
In shadows we, mere actors on this earth,
Each birth to death, a momentary mirth.

As sunlit blooms give way to twilight’s hue,
So too our days, in swift succession, strew.
The rose that once in morning’s light did bloom,
By evening fades, its petals meet their doom.

Yet fear not, for within this brief reprieve,
A chance to seize the day, to truly live.
Let not tomorrow steal today’s delight,
Embrace the now, in love and laughter’s light.

For time, relentless, marches ever on,
Seize this day, until the day is gone.
Carpe Diem, in every breath and breathless end,
The present, our truest and dearest friend.

Carpe Diem

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love’s coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey’s end in lovers’ meeting–
Every wise man’s son doth know.

What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,–
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.

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