To Julia by Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick

I continue to find wonderful little poems by the romantic Cavalier poet, Robert Herrick.  Herrick wrote a number of these four-line poems, called quatrains, to the objects of his love.  At risk of sounding sappy, if you visualize what he writes in this quatrain, you can’t help but find it romantic.

To Julia
by Robert Herrick

Julia, when thy Herrick dies,
Close thou up thy poet’s eyes;
And his last breath, let it be
Taken in by none but thee.

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To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing – Robert Herrick

I first discovered Robert Herrick (1591–1674) when I was given a volume of poetry entitled “A Treasury of the World’s Best Loved Poems” originally published in 1961.  Herrick was an English poet and clergyman and is generally considered the greatest of the Cavalier poets.  I was taken by the poem “To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing” below.  It struck me as having been written by a man violently and hopelessly in love.  It resonated with me deeply.  Though he was clearly a romantic, Herrick never married and died a bachelor at age 83.
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