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carpe diem

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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 ...

Carpe diem

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... diem (Latin, ‘seize the day’) Enjoy yourself while you have the chance. Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. (Seize the day, put no trust in the future.) The same sentiment has been expressed by later poets, such as Robert Herrick ’s injunction to maidens to forsake their virginity and make the most of life: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day, To-morrow will be...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... diem [ kar -pe dee -em ] A quotation from Horace ’s Odes (I, xi) meaning ‘seize the day’, in other words ‘make the best of the present moment’. A common theme or motif in European lyric poetry, in which the speaker of a poem argues (often to a hesitant virgin) that since life is short, pleasure should be enjoyed while there is still time. The most celebrated examples in English are Marvell ’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’ ( 1681 ) and Herrick ’s ‘To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time’ ( 1648 ), which begins ‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may’. In some...

Carpe Diem

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W. H. Race

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017

..., Ancient Near-Eastern Texts (1969) ; R.G.M. Nisbet and M. Hubbard , A Commentary on Horace, Odes Book I (1970) ; C. Yandell , “ Carpe Diem , Poetic Immortality, and the Gendered Ideology of Time,” Renaissance Women Writers , ed. A. R. Larsen and C. Winn (1994); and “ Carpe Diem Revisited: Ronsard’s Temporal Ploys,” Sixteenth-Century Journal 28 (1997) ; E. H. Sagaser , “Sporting the While: Carpe Diem and the Cruel Fair in Samuel Daniel’s Delia and the Complaint of Rosamond ,” Exemplaria 10 (1998). W. H....

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... diem • ahem , Belém, Clem, condemn, contemn, crème de la crème, em, gem, hem, Jem, LibDem, phlegm, pro tem, rem, Shem, stem, them • carpe diem , per diem • proem • idem • modem • diadem • mayhem • Bethlehem • ad hominem • ad valorem • brainstem • apophthegm ( US ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... 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...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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23 words
carpe diem

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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61 words
carpe diem

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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63 words
carpe diem

carpe diem exclamation   Reference library

The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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39 words
carpe diem

carpe diem exclamation   Reference library

Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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39 words
carpe diem

carpe diem  

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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 ...
Ecclesiastes

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Stuart Weeks and Stuart Weeks

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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...for their work. Now he offers an answer of sorts: all that he has found rewarding is pleasure in work, and he proposes that mortals can do no better than to eat, drink, and enjoy what they do. At this point, though, he attempts to explore a theological justification for his carpe diem conclusion: the ability to enjoy life, or perhaps the ability to know that one should enjoy life, is a divine dispensation granted only to those who please God; those who do not are condemned to toil on their behalf. That implies, though, a social analysis with which Qoheleth...

seize the day

seize the day  

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Make the most of the present moment; translating Latin carpe diem in the Odes of Horace.
Jouni Kaipaiinen

Jouni Kaipaiinen  

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(b Helsinki, 1956).Finn. composer. Comps. incl. tv opera The Miracle of Konstanz (1985–7); 3 str. qts. (1973, 1974, 1984); 5 Poems of René Char, sop., orch. (1978–80); Ladders to Fire, conc. for 2 ...
motif

motif  

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A recurring theme, idea, or element in a work of art or an artist's oeuvre. In French art, artists who painted in the open air were sometimes described as painting ‘sur le motif’.
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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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... seize the day make the most of the present moment. 🅘 This expression is a translation of Latin carpe diem , originally a quotation from the Roman poet ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

...literary works, folktales, or myths; or any element of a work that is elaborated into a more general theme . The fever that purges away a character’s false identity is a recurrent motif in Victorian fiction; and in European lyric poetry the ubi sunt motif and the carpe diem motif are commonly found. Where an image, incident, or other element is repeated significantly within a single work, it is more commonly referred to as a leitmotif . See also archetype , stock character , topos...

Kaipainen, Jouni Ilari

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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Music
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.... Comps. incl. tv opera The Miracle of Konstanz ( 1985–7 ); 3 str qts ( 1973 , 1974 , 1984 ); 5 Poems of René Char , sop., orch ( 1978–80 ); Ladders to Fire , conc. for 2 pf ( 1979 ); sym. ( 1980–5 ); cl trio ( 1983 ); trio, fl, bn, pf ( 1986 ); pf trio ( 1986–7 ); Carpe Diem! , cl conc. ( 1990 ); ob conc. ( 1994 ); vla conc. ( 1997 ); bn conc. ( 2005...

Anakreontiker

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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2005
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...) in 1554 . Though stylistically often scarcely distinguishable, the best poems treat the themes of love, wine, nature, and friendship with elegance, charm, and wit. They are playful products of the imagination, sometimes sung at convivial gatherings in Horace's spirit (‘carpe diem’). They have been classified under the literary rococo ( see Rokoko ). Their virtues are formal and a reaction against prevailing conventions. The principal German Anacreontic poets were Hagedorn , Gleim , J. N. Götz , Uz , Ramler , and Zachariä . Various other poets,...

Ferguson, Gus

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Kate Kilalea

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

...Cape Town. Ferguson is arguably the best-known humorous poet in South Africa, with many of his poems providing bathetic philosophy, making fun of poets, or documenting his love of snails and cycling. His books include Snail Morning (1979), Doggerel Day (1982—both Donker), Carpe Diem (Carrefour, 1992), The Herding of the Snail (Firfield, 1995), Icarus Rising (Dye Hard, 1995), Light Verse at the End of the Tunnel (1996), Stressed-Unstressed (2000—both David Philip), Arse Poetica (Kwela, 2003), and Holding Pattern (Quartz, 2009). Ferguson has...

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