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Selected Poems (Fyfield Books) [Paperback]

Robert Herrick , David Jesson-Dibley
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1 Jan 1980 Fyfield Books
Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was perhaps the greatest poet to have worked in Devon. Born in London, the son of a goldsmith, he studied at Cambridge and later fell in with the London poets who had gathered around the magnetic figure of Ben Jonson. In order to make a living - since he had not pursued the family trade - he entered the Church and in 1627 was appointed chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, whom he accompanied on an unsuccessful military expedition in 1627. In 1629 he was appointed to the living of Dean Prior, a village on the edge of Dartmoor, about half way between Exeter and Plymouth. He was to remain there for the rest of his life, with the exception of the Cromwellian period from 1647-1660, during which he was expelled for his royalist sympathies and, no doubt, also doctrinal disagreements. His only book, Hesperides, was published in 1648. This is a large collection of lyrics and odes, coupled with a book of religious poems (His Noble Numbers), but it would seem that his work was already somewhat out of date by this time and the edition took some time to sell out. His reputation recovered in the 19th Century, and decisively in the 20th, when he was finally recognised as one of the greatest lyric poets of the Caroline era, an era, moreover, when England was well supplied with fine poets - Herrick's contemporaries include Shakespeare, Jonson, Marvell, Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Lovelace, Suckling, Carew and many others.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fyfield Books (1 Jan 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856353205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856353208
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was perhaps the greatest poet to have worked in Devon. Born in London, the son of a goldsmith, he studied at Cambridge and later fell in with the London poets who had gathered around the magnetic figure of Ben Jonson. In order to make a living - since he had not pursued the family trade - he entered the Church and in 1627 was appointed chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, whom he accompanied on an unsuccessful military expedition in 1627. In 1629 he was appointed to the living of Dean Prior, a village on the edge of Dartmoor, about half way between Exeter and Plymouth. He was to remain there for the rest of his life, with the exception of the Cromwellian period from 1647-1660, during which he was expelled for his royalist sympathies and, no doubt, also doctrinal disagreements. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars An unsatisfactory edition 10 Mar 2014
By M.A.F.
Format:Paperback
William Strode (1602-45) was a very popular poet in his day, but for several centuries his poems remained only in the manuscript miscellanies of the period . In 1907 the bookseller Bertram Dobell encountered two such manuscripts (now Folger MSS V a 97 and V a 170), and produced an edition of Strode based on these. Both the text and canon of Dobell's edition are unreliable, and consequently this Selected Poerms, patently derived from Dobell, is also inaccurate. It includes poems not by Strode, some of the text is erroneous, and there are also errors. in the introduction. The editor is obviously unaware that any edition should be based on Strode's own autograph manuscript at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (which includes many poems unknown to Dobell) and that a full scholarly edition was produced as an Oxford B.Litt. thesis in 1966, a copy of which is held in the Bodleian Library. Anyone wanting to know what Strode actually wrote should treat this edition with caution. However, it will at least serve to make the name of Strode better known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herrick is great poet 23 Mar 2014
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I like Herrick's work. I've been delaying this kind of purchase for no reason....just busy. The selections are well chosen.
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