Living the philosophy of carpe diem is, according to journalist Paula A. Sneed, living in the moment. the notion that the competition is intense, and will not become less intense, but will grow more intense. . Thusly, Sneed recommends seizing the moment, taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the moment at which one becomes aware of their own compulsion to get into the fray and compete in what you do best in (Sneed, P., 1997, p. 2). . Still another author, Michele Lowrie, in her book, Horace’s Narrative Odes, discusses the philosophy of carpe diem in terms of poetics of the presence, and the poetics of immortality (1997, p. 17). . Either one of these writers would be accurate in their general concept. carpe diem is, in its literal Latin meaning, “seize the moment.” . How that philosophy is translated into the life of men and women has been the source of much reflection over the centuries. To live in the moment, Sneed suggests, is not to dwell on the past at length, but to take the lesson of the past, be aware of it, but to live in the moment armed with the knowledge of the past (p. 1). Lowrie takes the concept of living in the present, armed with the poetics of the past, to the issue of lyrics (1997, p. 1). That lyrics, song, poetry is tangential to living in the moment, even when the lyrics and the poetry are of the past they are translated according to the moment of the present (p. 1). To this extent, consider Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The play has been done in its classical version, that is, true to the poetry of the original writing. and in a contemporary style, that is taking the poetry of the past, and putting it into the language of the present. carpe diem. The contemporary productions of the play have brought the lessons of the past to the moment of the present, seizing the moment to use what has been proven as a teaching tool in the past, to influence the minds and hearts of young people in the present. .