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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...now, be insufficient to secure to their authors a permanent place in the temple of Fame. Any writer who desires to win a contemporaneous reputation or subsistence, by the fruits of his pen, must adapt his writings to the prevailing taste of his own time. The prevailing literary taste of the period to which we refer, was essentially artificial, thereby exercising a very prejudicial restraint on all true poetic inspiration. The poets, therefore, of that time, who desired to enjoy fame and competency while they lived, were like wing-clipped birds that could only hop. One, however, there was amongst the brood, whose wings were not so clipped but that he had strength enough now and then to soar out into the blue air. Among seventeenth-century lyric poets, Robert Herrick (born 1591, died 1674), stands out as one of the truest and most robust, and one who, had he lived in less artificial times, might have written works which would have placed him in the foremost rank of English lyric poets. As it is, his poems iorm a curious anomaly. In the midst of dainty conceits and artificial sentiments, we find flashes of true poetry; and, coming immediately before and after a burst of sincere piety, we find expressions of the most indelicate and licentious nature. Judging from the flights of exquisite fancy, allied to thoroughly genuine feeling, which frequently occur in Herrick's poems, and knowing that, at the time when he published his ' Hesperides, ' after his expulsion from thevicarageof Dean Priorin 1648, he wasof necessity writing for bread, and, therefore, obliged to suit his writings to the times, we cannot help thinking that his own robust nature must have condemned the affectations which the prevailing literary taste demanded. Herrick's muse, even when.show more

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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509846
  • 9781236509840