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Robert Herrick biography :

17th Century English poet, Robert Herrick was born in August 1591. His father Nicholas, was a prosperous goldsmith from London, and his mother was called Julian Stone. He was their seventh child and fourth son.

When he was 16, Herrick worked as an apprentice to his uncle, Sir William Herrick, a goldsmith and jeweler to the King. After six years, Herrick ended the apprenticeship and entered Saint John’s College in Cambridge where he graduated in 1617.
He became familiar with the works of Ben Jonson and was a member of a group called “Sons of Ben”, a group of Cavalier poets who admired the works of the said bard. Herrick composed five poems all dedicated to him.
By 1627, Herrick took holy orders and was made chaplain to the duke of Buckingham. Two years later, he became the vicar of the Dean Prior Parish at Devon. He held this position for thirty-one years, and it was during this time that he composed some of his best known masterpieces, such as Hesperides, a compilation of lyric poetry, and Noble Numbers, a collection of more than 1200 short poems and spiritual works. These were published in 1648.
When he refused to pledge to the Solemn League and Covenant, his position as vicar was revoked and he moved to London. His vicarship, however, was returned during the Restoration of Charles II. In 1662, he went back to Devon, and remained there for the rest of his days. Robert Herrick died on October 1674.
Herrick’s writing style was influenced by classical Roman poetry and often focused on English country life and village customs. Although he is well-known for bawdy poems with much reference to lovemaking and the female body, Robert Herrick died a bachelor.
His famous poem, which reminds women of how fleeting beauty is, is entitled “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”.


Poems by Robert Herrick :

A Hymn To Love

A Child's Grace

A Christmas Carol

A Hymn To Venus And Cupid


Divination By A Daffodil

Cherry Ripe

His Last Request To Julia

Four Things Make Us Happy Here


His Sailing From Julia

The Wounded Heart

The Bag Of The Bee

Pray And Prosper

Lovers How They Come And Part

Love Lightly Pleased

The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon's Chapel

To Death by Robert Herrick

Upon Cupid

Of Love: A Sonnet

An Ode of the Birth of our Savior by Robert Herrick

Ceremonies for Christmas


CD of poetry by Robert Herrick etc etc :

A Selection From The Lyrical Poems Of Robert Herrick


Book Description

I Sing Of May-poles, Hock-carts, Wassails, Wakes, Of Bride-grooms, Brides, And Of Their Bridal-cakes. I Write Of Youth, Of Love;--and Have Access By These, To Sing Of Cleanly Wantonness; I Sing Of Dews, Of Rains, And, Piece By Piece, Of Balm, Of Oil, Of Spice, And Ambergris.



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