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Edited by David Jesson-Dibley
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ISBN: 978 1 857547 04 7
Categories: 16th Century, 17th Century, Anglican, British
Published: April 2003
218 x 137 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers:
Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers.
I sing of may-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal-cakes...
I write of groves, of twilights, and I sing
The Court of Mab, and of the Fairy King.
I write of Hell; I sing (and ever shall)
Of Heaven, and hope to have it after all.
from 'The Argument of His Book'
This selection makes available the full range of Robert Herrick's poetry: joyful eroticism, warm observations of rural life and shrewd epigrams, shadowed by an elegiac awareness of mortality and the fragility of beauty. The poems are animated by Herrick's humane and generous enjoyment of life, qualities that have made him one of the best-loved of English poets.
David Jesson-Dibley's selection of the most important of Herrick's poems is arranged thematically, providing an ideal introduction for readers new to Herrick, and a fresh perspective for those already familiar with his poetry. The introduction sets Herrick in the context of his times and contains suggestions for further reading.
Cover shows detail of applique valance from Hardwick Hall showing a fisherman, his dog and birds in a tree, copyright National Trust Photographic Library/John Hammond.
Table of Contents
The Argument of his Book
Upon his Verses
An Ode for Him (Ben Jonson)
Discontents in Devon
His Grange, or Private Wealth
To his Maid Prew
His Farewell to Sack
The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home
The Welcome to Sack
The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad
The Christian Militant
The Departure of the Good Demon
Upon Sibb. Epigram
The Coming of Good Luck
Farewell Frost, or Welcome to the Spring
To Dean-Bourn, a Rude River in Devon
His Return to London
The Cheat of Cupid
The Bag of the Bee
The Amber Bead
The Definition of Beauty
Love, What it is
Lovers, How they Come and Part
No Bashfulness in Begging
Love me Little, Love me Long
What Kind of Mistress he would have
To his Mistress, Objecting to him neither Toying or Talking
His Parting from Mistress Dorothy Kennedy
The Parting Verse
The Tear Sent to her from Staines
Upon a Painted Gentlewoman
Mistress Elizabeth Wheeler
The Lily in a Crystal
Delight in Disorder
Upon his Julia
Upon Julia's Voice
Art Above Nature, to Julia
Upon Julia's Clothes
A Ring Presented to Julia
Tears are Tongues
His Sailing from Julia
The Night-Piece, to Julia
Upon Julia's Recovery
His Request to Julia
To Enjoy the Time
His Protestation to Perilla
The Vision of Electra
To Anthea Lying in Bed
To Anthea, who may Command him Any Thing
To Phyllis, to Love and Live with him
To Sylvia to Wed
A Nuptial Song, or Epithalamy
Corinna's Going a-Maying
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
A Meditation for his Mistress
The Sadness of things for Sappho's Sickness
The Changes to Corinna
To a Gentlewoman, Objecting to him his Gray Hairs
Upon the Loss of his Mistresses
The Apparition of his Mistress Calling him to Elysium
The Parting Verse, the Feast there Ended
Upon a Child. An Epitaph
Upon a Child that Died
To his Dying Brother, Master William Herrick
To the Reverend Shade of his Religious Father
To Find God
What God Is
Good Friday: Rex Tragicus, or Christ Going to His Cross
His Anthem to Christ on the Cross
To his Sweet Saviour
Poetry Perpetuates the Poet
His Poetry his Pillar
To his book's end
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