woman he seeks might not give into to his lustful desires. The author doubts that if time is not taken captive of, youth, intimacy and passion will be lost forever. Some indications which illustrate his tone are exposed in certain phrases, “Had we but world enough and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime” (1-2),“But at my back I always hear / Times winged chariot hurrying near,” (21-22), “The grave is a fine and private place, / But none, I think, do there embrace” (31-32), and “Thus, though we cannot make our sun / Stand still, yet we will make him run” (45-46).In the second poem, Herrick carries almost an identical tone; although, it slightly differs due to the fact that he lacks the desperation. He does not intend to steal someone’s heart, but instead hopes to send a positive message to young individuals. Perhaps this
Camden is introduced in Less Than Zero, where it is mentioned that both protagonist Clay and minor character Daniel attend it. In The Rules of Attraction (1987), where Camden is the setting, Clay (referred to as "The Guy from ." before being properly introduced) is a minor character who narrates one chapter; ironically, he longs for the Californian beach, where in Ellis' previous novel he had longed to return to college. On "the guy from .'s door someone wrote "Rest in Peace Called"; ., or Rip, is Clay's dealer in Less Than Zero ; Clay also says that Blair from Less than Zero sent him a letter saying she thinks Rip was murdered. Main character Sean Bateman 's older brother Patrick narrates one chapter of the novel; he would be the infamous central character of Ellis' next novel, American Psycho. Ellis includes a reference to Tartt's forthcoming Secret History in the form of a passing mention of "that weird Classics group ... probably roaming the countryside sacrificing farmers and performing pagan rituals." There is also an allusion to the main character from Eisenstadt's From Rockaway.
The third and final section of the poem shifts into an all-out plea and display of poetic prowess in which the speaker attempts to win over the Lady. He compares the Lady’s skin to a vibrant layer of morning dew that is animated by the fires of her soul and encourages her to “sport” with him “while we may.” Time devours all things, the speaker acknowledges, but he nonetheless asserts that the two of them can, in fact, turn the tables on time. They can become “amorous birds of prey” that actively consume the time they have through passionate lovemaking.