Everything happens for a reason. People make decisions based upon their own opinion for their certain reasons. Sometimes there are good decisions made and sometimes there are bad ones but nonetheless there will always be consequences; both adverse and beneficial. These effects will not only influence that one person, but also others as well. Life is all about making the right choices and choosing what is best for oneâ€™s self. Several of the poems that we have read contain these concepts of how things happen for certain reasons and how peopleâ€™s decisions affect the lives of others furthermore. â€œThe Road Not Takenâ€, â€œTo the Virgins, to Make Much of Timeâ€, â€œOzymandiesâ€, and â€œMy Last Duchessâ€ are all poems that we read that exhibit people making decisions for certain reasons that affect others. Some of these poems try to tell the reader to make certain decisions; the other poems give prime examples of what decisions not to make. Either way, each of the poems are similar in a way that they each have to do with people making choices for personal benefit.
â€œTo the Virgins, to Make Much of Timeâ€, by Robert Herrick, is perhaps the best example of how an author tries to persuade his audience to make the right choices. This poem has to do with young men and women taking full advantage of their time and not letting life fly by. Herrick tells his audience to take advantage of our youth, and not to take any thing for granted while young. Herrick says, â€œThen be not coy, but use your timeâ€ (Herrick, 832), which means that young people should not be afraid to try anything new and to have fun. He tries to convey to his audience that people in their youth have the choice to do anything they want and shouldnâ€™t be scared of the outcome because everything happens for a reason. When you are young, you should experience as much as you can so that when you grow up y