What is Carpe Diem in Literature?

What is Carpe Diem in Literature?

Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase meaning “seize the day”. This phrase is taken from one of Horace’s Odes. Now it has become the term for a common literary motif. More specifically, it is common in lyrical poetry. Let’s see what this literary motif all about and where it is employed.

In carpe diem poetry, the speaker puts emphasis on the fact that life is short and the time is fleeting.

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