Robert Herrick – (Corinna’s Going A-Maying)

[Village Scene With Dance Around the Maypole – Pieter Bruegel, the Elder  (1634)]

AG: And “Corinna’s Gone A-Maying” (page two seventy-five) – It’s real pretty for.. as a Mayday thing. It’s a beautiful poem and I don’t want to go through it but..like the Shakespeare poem (of Ben Jonson) I think you ought to read it

Student: She’s Going-A-Maying

AG: What?

Student; Going-A-Maying

AG: Gone-A-Maying. She’s going out maying, she’s going out to… well, he describes it – getting up in the morning and going out and getting the dew on her hair and gathering hawthorne, white hawthorne, to … Read More

Herrick continues (Delight in Disorder)

[Portrait of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth and the King’s Mistress by Sir Peter Lely -c. 1671 – oil on canvas – 125.1 × 101.6 cm – collectionof the J. Paul Getty Museum]

AG: “Delight in Disorder” is a very famous poem (on page two seven four). I think underneath there’s a little S & M shot there.

“A sweet disorder in the dress/Kindles in clothes a wantonness:—/A lawn about the shoulders thrown/Into a fine distrac-ti-ón,”— (he wants that eight syllables, this is eight syllables – because the only way he’s going to make that “distraction”, he … Read More

More Metrics

[The Foot]

[Human Spine Anatomy]

AG: .Well, the feet would be the… well, basically, the number of stresses in a line would be the number of feet, basically, number of stresses, as distinct from syllables. And a foot would be a varied kind of feet (da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da) – Tyger, Tyger ( da-da, da-da – da-da da) – So there’s four feet in “Tyger, Tyger burning bright” (that’s four feet -right?) – I think the Greek word is “metron” maybe for measure..I don’t know, I’ll have to check that out – hard to find a Greek nomenclature … Read More

Syllabic Poems – 4 (Herrick)

[“Water, water, I desire/Here’s a house of flesh on fire..”]

AG: (returning to an analysis of Robert Herrick)  – “The Scare-fire” (on page two seventy four) – That’s all seven syllables – “Water, water, I desire/Here’s a house of flesh on fire/Ope the fountains and the springs,/And come all to bucketings /What ye cannot quench pull down /Spoil a house to save a town /Better ’tis that one should fall,/Than by one to hazard all. ” – (da-da da-da da-da da, da-da da-da da-da da, da,-da da-da da-da da, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7,)

Now, the weird thing is, … Read More

Syllabic Poetry – 2 ( Herrick)

[Poems Selected from the Hesperides by Robert Herrick, 1903]

AG : So,in this case. First, his (Robert Herrick‘s) sense, “The Argument of his Book” – Subject-matter – “(Argument”, you know, “Argument” in (John) Milton and here, it’s the subject-matter, and also in my own “Contest of Bards”, the phrase “Argument” means what’s going to go on, book by book.

“I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers,/ Of April, May, of June, and July flowers. /I sing of May-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes..” – (you know “hock carts” that brought in the last corn of the harvest, … Read More

Syllabic Poetry – 1 (Herrick)

 [Robert Herrick (1591-1674)]

AG: So in order to strike a “second heat/ upon the Muse’s anvil”, using Robert Herrick as a model, I want now to enter onto the whole subject, not of length of syllables in a line, but the count of syllables in the line (because that’s something we haven’t really gone over, except, I think I’ve refered to it with Marianne Moore). And (Robert) Herrick is real interesting on that, and real simple. Once you pick up the hang of what he’s doing, you realize that that’s another way of getting your lines to have … Read More

Some Elizabethan & Jacobean Recommendations

AG: Okay I would like to move.. I would recommend reading that through (Jonson on Shakespeare). I just don’t want to take up our time now. I’m going to go back to later to Edmund Bolton’s “Palinode” (on page 270) [sic],  but I want to pair it with another poem later, so please read that some time . We’ll get to John Webster‘s, a couple of little lyrics, because they’re really beautiful (that’s on page 272) , But I want to go straight to (Robert) Herrick, to.. in order to “strike the second heat/ Upon Read More