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carpe diem (kär´pĕ dē´ĕm), a descriptive term for literature that urges readers to live for the moment [from the Latin phrase "seize the day," used by Horace]. The theme, which was widely used in 16th- and 17th-century love poetry, is best exemplified by a familiar stanza from Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" :

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

Shakespeare's version of the theme takes the following form in Twelfth Night:

What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth has present laughter;
  What's to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come and kiss me sweet and twenty;
  Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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carpe diem

carpe diem Latin phrase meaning ‘seize the day!’, used as an exclamation to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future; originally it is a quotation from the Roman poet Horace.

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seize the day

seize the day make the most of the present moment; translating Latin carpe diem in the Odes of Horace.

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