The Complete Poems of Robert Herrick, Vol. 1 of 3: Edited, With Memorial Introduction and Notes (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from The Complete Poems of Robert Herrick, Vol. 1 of 3: Edited, With Memorial Introduction and Notes
In 1859 we have the following: The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick, containing his Hesperides and Noble Numbers. With a Biographical Memoir by E. Walford, m.a., Late Scholar of Baliol Coll., Oxford. London: Reeves and Turner, 238 Strand. 1859. (post pp. Xi. And and finally in 1869, this Hesperides the Poems and other Remains of Robert Herrick now First Collected. Edited by W. Carew Hazlitt. London: John Russell Smith, Soho Square, 1869. (2 vols., cr. Vol. I. Pp. Xxx. And 1 - 255 Vol. II., pp. 256 526: copies also on large paper). Mr. Hazlitt disavows responsibility for the text, which is virtually that of Pickering's of 1846 but in the Biographical Notice he has intercalated some additions and corrections within brackets, and in Appendices added Poems from mss., etc. Of these and the different editions enumerated more will be found in the memorial-introduction (ii. Critical).
For all these Eight editions the admirer of Herrick is grateful. N one is without its own merits. Therefore none ought to be undervalued.
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Robert Herrick has long been one of the best loved of English lyric poets. Known through the centuries as the author of 'Gather ye rosebuds', he also wrote, as this new edition shows, hundreds of songs, epigrams and longer poems equally worthy of attention. Volume I of this new edition of Herrick's work contains Hesperides, Herrick's only published collection. As well as the commentary on Hesperides, volume II contains the fifty-nine surviving manuscript poems which can be firmly attributed to Herrick, and on which his reputation was based before 1648. It is an ambitious and original attempt to recover for the first time the history of Herrick's corpus of manuscript poetry, and to identify how his poems circulated, and who his copyists and readers were. By establishing the type of sources to which they had access and the nature and quality of the poems these sources contained, and through the histories of transmission that accompany every poem, this volume offers a significant body of evidence that deepens our critical understanding not only of Herrick's poetry, but of the mechanics of scribal publication and the culture of reading, writing and performing poetry and music in early modern England. Where, as is often the case, a musical setting survives this is also printed, along with a commentary on the setting, in a form which is designed to encourage the performance of the lyrics.
Poems of Robert Herrick: A Selection from Hesperides and Noble Numbers;
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The Cavalier Poets: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions)
In the mid-seventeenth century, the poets associated wi...)
In the mid-seventeenth century, the poets associated with the court of Charles I of England, known as the Cavaliers, were strongly influenced by the classicism of Ben Jonson. Their verse, often concerned with the vagaries of love, is characteristically charming, witty, graceful, and elegant. This volume contains a rich sampling of more than 120 works by four Cavalier poets: Robert Herrick, Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling, and Richard Lovelace.
Included are such well-known gems as Herrick's "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time," ("Gather ye rosebuds while ye may"), Carew's "A Cruel Mistress," Suckling's "Why so pale and wan, fond lover?" and many more. Gathered in this inexpensive volume, this garland of memorable verse will delight any student of English literature or lover of fine poetry.
Robert Herrick was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric.
Born on 24 August 1591 in Cheapside, London, he was the seventh child and fourth son of Julia Stone and Nicholas Herrick, a prosperous goldsmith.
He belonged to an old Leicestershire family which had settled in London.
The children were brought up by their uncle, Sir William Herrick, one of the richest goldsmiths of the day, to whom in 1607 Robert was bound apprentice.
He had probably been educated at Westminster school, and in 1614 he proceeded to Cambridge; and it was no doubt during his apprenticeship that the young poet was introduced to that circle of wits which he was afterwards to adorn.
He entered the university as fellow-commoner of St John's College, and he remained there until, in 1616, upon taking his degree, he removed to Trinity Hall.
He seems to have been present at the first performance of The Alchemist in 1610, and it was probably about this time that Ben Jonson adopted him as his poetical "son. "
From this date until 1627 we entirely lose sight of him; it has been variously conjectured that he spent these years preparing for the ministry at Cambridge, or in much looser pursuits in London.
In 1629 (September 30) he was presented by the king to the vicarage of Dean Prior, not far from Totnes in Devonshire.
At Dean Prior he resided quietly until 1648, when he was ejected by the Puritans.
Herrick's collected poems were published in London in 1648.
The extensive lyric range brings together, among others, charm-songs and Horatian odes; songs of nature and drinking; marriage hymns and courtly bits to his imaginary mistresses.
He was pleased with the rural and semi-pagan customs that survived in the village, and in some of his most charming verses he has immortalized the morris-dances, wakes and quintains, the Christmas mummers and the Twelfth Night revellings, that diversified the quiet of Dean Prior.
In 1650 a volume of Wit's Recreation contained sixty-two small poems afterwards acknowledged by Herrick in the Hesperides, and one not reprinted until our own day.
These partial appearances make it probable that he visited London from time to time.
Thus paganism is an essential element of Herrick's work, and the Roman priest usually obscures the Anglican vicar.
A strong Royalist, Herrick was expelled from his parish by the Long Parliament in 1647.
Anthony Wood says that Herricks's sermons were florid and witty, and that he was " beloved by the neighbouring gentry. "
A very aged woman, one Dorothy King, stated that the poet once threw his sermon at his congregation, cursing them for their inattention.
The same old woman recollected his favourite pig, which he taught to drink out of a tankard.
Quotes from others about the person
“The Victorian poet Swinburne described Herrick as "the greatest song writer ever born of English race".”
His style was strongly influenced by Ben Jonson, by the classical Roman writers, and by the poems of the late Elizabethan era. This must have seemed quite old-fashioned to an audience whose tastes were tuned to the complexities of the metaphysical poets such as John Donne and Andrew Marvell.
Herrick never married, but lived at the vicarage surrounded by a happy family of pets, and tended by an excellent old servant named Prudence Baldwin.