Spotlight Poetry – To Blossoms – A poem by Robert Herrick 

The image depicts a painting titled Apple Blossom by the artist Olha Darchuk. The work is a  realist painting of the upper branches of an apple tree in blossom set against a blue background. The image supports the poem To Blossoms written by the poet Robert Herrick.
© Olha Darchuk, Apple Blossom, 2020

To Blossoms by Robert Herrick 

Fair pledges of a fruitful tree,
Why do ye fall so fast?
Your date is not so past,
But you may stay yet here awhile
To blush and gently smile,
And go at last.

What, were ye born to be
An hour or half’s delight,
And so to bid good-night?
‘Twas pity Nature brought ye forth
Merely to show your worth,
And lose you quite.

But you are lovely leaves, where we
May read how soon things have
Their end, though ne’er so brave:
And after they have shown their pride
Like you, awhile, they glide
Into the grave.

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Blossoms

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/blossoms

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Painting Attribution © Olha Darchuk, Apple Blossom, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – The Argument of his Book – A poem by Robert Herrick

The Argument of his Book by Robert Herrick

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,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal-cakes.
I write of youth, of love, and have access
By these to sing of cleanly wantonness.

I sing of dews, of rains, and piece by piece
Of balm, of oil, of spice, and ambergris.
I sing of Time’s trans-shifting; and I write
How roses first came red, and lilies white.

I write of groves, of twilights, and I sing
The court of Mab, and of the fairy king.
I write of Hell; I sing (and ever shall)
Of Heaven, and hope to have it after all.

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, The Argument of his Book

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47282/the-argument-of-his-book

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Painting Attribution © Romany Steele, Queen Mab, 2013

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Spotlight Poetry – To Music – A Song – A poem by Robert Herrick

To Music – A Song by Robert Herrick

Music, thou queen of heaven, care-charming spell,
That strik’st a stillness into hell ;

Thou that tam’st tigers, and fierce storms that rise,
With thy soul-melting lullabies ;

Fall down, down, down from those thy chiming spheres,
To charm our souls, as thou enchant’st our ears.

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Music – A Song

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/To-Music:-A-Song

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Painting Attribution © Nancy Merkle, Blue Music, 2016

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Spotlight Poetry – To Music – A poem by Robert Herrick

© Misako Chida, Whimsical Music Notes, 2020

To Music by Robert Herrick

Begin to charm, and, as thou strok’st mine ears
With thy enchantment, melt me into tears.

Then let thy active hand scud o’er thy lyre,
And make my spirits frantic with the fire.

That done, sink down into a silvery strain,
And make me smooth as balm and oil again.

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Music

Source Attribution https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poems/to-music-2/

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Painting Attribution © Misako Chida, Whimsical Music Notes, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – How Violets Came Blue – A poem by Robert Herrick

© Nikita Papro, Bouquet of Violets, 1996, (“Bouquet of violets ” by Sergei Paprotskyi)

How Violets Came Blue by Robert Herrick

Love on a day, wise poets tell,
Some time in wrangling spent,

Whether the violets should excel,
Or she, in sweetest scent.

But Venus having lost the day,
Poor girls, she fell on you:

And beat ye so, as some dare say,
Her blows did make ye blue.

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, How Violets Came Blue

Source Attribution https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/260-how-violets-came-blue

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Painting Attribution © Nikita Papro, Bouquet of Violets, 1996, (“Bouquet of violets ” by Sergei Paprotskyi)

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Poetry Plus – To Music ~ A Song – A poem by Robert Herrick

© Shalev Mann, String Quartet #71, (Canvas ’14)

To Music ~ A Song by Robert Herrick

Ah Music Music

Ah music music
Stiller of the troubled brow
Tamer of the beast

Robert Herrick, (1591 -1674), English cleric and poet, the most original of the “sons of Ben [Jonson],” who revived the spirit of the ancient classic lyric.

He is best remembered for the line “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” and is counted among the Cavalier poets.

Almost forgotten in the 18th century, and in the 19th century alternately applauded for his poetry’s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,”

Robert Herrick nowadays is recognized as one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age. Long dismissed as merely a “minor poet” and, as a consequence, neglected or underestimated by scholars and critics

Herrick wrote elegies, satires, epigrams, love songs to imaginary mistresses, marriage songs, complimentary verse to friends and patrons, and celebrations of rustic and ecclesiastical festivals.

The appeal of Herrick’s poetry lies in its truth to human sentiments and its perfection of form and style.

Frequently light, worldly, and hedonistic and making few pretensions to intellectual profundity, it yet covers a wide range of subjects and emotions, ranging from lyrics inspired by rural life to wistful evocations of life and love’s evanescence and fleeting beauty.

Herrick’s lyrics are notable for their technical mastery and the interplay of thought, rhythm, and imagery that they display. As such, they are typical of the Cavalier poets, a group identifiable by its politics—loyal to Charles I during the English Civil Wars—and the distinct tone and style of its members’ verse.

As a poet, Herrick was steeped in the classical tradition; he was also influenced by English folklore and lyrics, by Italian madrigals, by the Bible and patristic literature, and by contemporary English writers, notably Jonson and Robert Burton.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Herrick-English-clergyman-and-poet

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Music ~ A Song

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/To-Music:-A-Song

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Herrick-English-clergyman-and-poet & https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-herrick

Image Attribution Niccolò Schiavonetti, Robert Herrick, (after Unknown artistline engraving, circa 1790-1813)

Source Attribution https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw39776/Robert-Herrick

Senryū Attribution, Goff James, Ah Music Music

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Painting Attribution © Shalev Mann, String Quartet #71, (Canvas ’14)

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