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

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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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