carpe diem (kärˈpĕ dēˈĕm) [key], 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":
Shakespeare's version of the theme takes the following form in Twelfth Night :
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