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Robert Herrick 1591 - 1674.

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1 Robert Herrick

2 Life Apprentice to his uncle
Goldsmith and jeweler Member of Ben Jonson’s Circle of Young Friends Include Shakespeare, Donne Studied poetry; art of writing Ordained a priest

3 School Did not begin until 22 Graduated at 29

4 Work Priest in Dean Prior, Devonshire
Age 39 until 1647 when he was removed 13 years later the king restored his right and he moved back to Dean and lived there until he died at age 83.

5 13 years He wrote and published 1400 poems
Hesperides (Works Both Human and Divine) Book title means: the book is a garden full of precious things

6 Carpe Diem Seize the day
Carpo – to “reap” (in line one of To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time – gather replaces carpo).

7 To The Virgins, To Make Much of Time (movie clip)
Rhyme scheme – 1st stanza – Last stanza -

8 John Donne

9 Life wrote argumentative poetry
Never wanted to be published; instead wanted to be part of the queen’s government 1601 Married secretly – 17 year old Anne More (marriage without consent was a serious crime against both church and state) eventually arrested and jailed – where he wrote his shortest poem: John Donne Anne Donne Undone 12 children – 5 died in infancy

10 Education Oxford University – 11 years old Law School – late teens
Clergyman Passionate speaker

11 Metaphysical Conceit Are odd and surprising figures of speech
One thing is compared with another thing that is much unlike it. Ex: A lover’s tears are newly minted coins. the king’s court is a bowling alley. a man is a world. lovers are holy saints.

12 Journal If you were leaving for a long time, what would you say to someone you love who is left behind? If you were the one left, what would you want to hear?

13 A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
Farewell of a husband and wife The husband forbids his wife to mourn their parting He instructs her to behave with dignity He says their relationship is such a strong union of souls that even distance cannot separate them.

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