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Robert Herrick

1591 - 1674

Robert Herrick was an English cleric and poet whose work was based on the revival of the spirit of the ancient classic lyric. The appeal of his poetry lies in its truth to human feelings and in its perfection of form and style. However, his poems were not really popular at the time when they were published. Although he was detached from the court, his short, fluent, graceful lyrics on love and his carpe diem philosophy are typical of the Cavalier style.

Classics

Delight in Disorder

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness;
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction;
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher;
A... [+]


Classics

Of Love

How Love came in, I do not know,
Whether by th’ eye, or eare, or no:
Or whether with the soule it came
(At first) infused with the same:
Whether in part ‘tis here or there,
Or, like the... [+]