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Herrick and Marvell - Renaissance Poetry

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Ms. Manning

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Transcript of Herrick and Marvell - Renaissance Poetry

Renaissance Poetry
Robert Herrick & Andrew Marvell

Robert Herrick
1591 - 1674
Robert Herrick wrote some of his best poems while he was the vicar of Dean Prior in Devonshire, in the West Country. Herrick's lyrical poetry covers a wide range; he composed poems in imitation of the Latin love poets as well as wrote about his small house, his cat, his spaniel, and or whatever else came into his mind.
Herrick's poems create a portrait of "Merrie England," a timeless idealized pastoral state full of innocent pleasures. Behind the innocent guise of his pastoral poetry, however, often lurked Herrick's particular, and sometimes contradictory, political views.
Robert Herrick
1591 - 1674
Herrick's stay in Dean Prior abruptly ended in 1647 with the arrival of Cromwell's army, which seized his parish and replaced him with a more puritanical clergyman. He spent his next 13 years in London, where he published a poetry collection called
, a title from classical mythology that alludes to the treasures within Herrick's work. When Charles II was restored to power, so was Herrick, who lived on at Dean Prior until his death.
Andrew Marvell
1621 - 1678
Andrew Marvell's poems capture much of what is admirable in Renaissance lyric poetry.
His poems display precision, sophistication, and lightness of touch. Educated at Cambridge, Marvell traveled through much of Europe as a young man. He managed to move between political parties through the upheaval of the Civil Wars, befriending pro-Puritan John Milton as well as several supporters of the royal family. From 1659 until his death he served in Parliament, establishing sufficient influence with the Royalists to save Milton's life after the Restoration.
Andrew Marvell
1621 - 1678
Marvell's poetry was largely unpublished during his lifetime but was read and circulated among his friends.
His work demonstrates an artistic control of language that appears at once to be graceful and complex.
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English IV

"Seize the day"
Sprung from the pen of the classical Latin poet Horace,
carpe diem
(literally, "seize the day") is an admonition to make the most of your life while you can. The
carpe diem
theme became increasingly popular in Renaissance English poetry
, and "To the Virgins, to Make Much Time" and "To His Coy Mistress" are some of the greatest and most famous examples.
As you read, look for each speaker's warning to young women who ignore the advice to "seize the day."

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