Herrick's Poetry

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Robert Herrick and John Herbert depict Christian doctrine in their poetry and by comparing their works we gather a more definite interpretation of their ideas of God. Although both poets write mainly about Christianity, Robert Herrick combines Pagan traditions with biblical scripture, while George Hebert suggests that relying on God causes us to somewhat loose our independence. Ultimately both poets imply that God is necessary for life, considering both use the sun as a symbol for the the resurrection of the son of God. Also, we can further suggests that both poets depend on Nature to make God more understandable and relate-able. While nature may simplify God, Herrick and Herbert use contrasting images, like day and night or summer and winter, …show more content…
We can consider the complexity of not only explaining morality, but that God can be many things to many people. In Herrick 's “Corinna 's Going A-Maying” he mentions the Gods and Goddesses Aurora, Flora, and Titan, while still incorporating Christian teachings. By relating polytheistic beliefs to a religion that is largely monotheistic, Herrick creates a tension that leaves us to consider the ambiguity in defining a higher power. While Herrick converted from Paganism to Christianity perhaps our idea of God is shaped by our experiences and evolves as we do. Like Herrick, Herbert shows his relationship with God to be somewhat ambiguous, complicated, and imperfect. The title of John Herbert 's poem, “The Collar,” can be interpreted in many ways and have several meanings. Herbert may be referring to a clerical collar, but it is also likely that Herbert is referring to collar that symbolizes oppression and slavery. In “The Ironing of George Hebert 's “Collar”” Dale Randall suggests “it seems likely that Herbert 's "The Collar" may be viewed as a poem that makes its point partly by alluding to a particular device intended to discipline and punish, and that it utilizes that device to show something about the inevitably mysterious and imperfect relationship between sinning, suffering man and his just but loving God” (488). While both Herrick and …show more content…
Because beginnings are foreshadowed with endings, it seems necessary to use our time wisely. In “Herrick, Corinna, Canticles, and Catullus” A.B. Chambers writes “when time is on the wing, as it always is in carpe diem poetry, the pursuits of Mayday seem harmless, desirable, even compelling; but to the sager sort those pursuits nevertheless are follies possible only to time-servers” (225). Since Herrick considers our time to be gone quickly, he suggests it is just as important to enjoy secular pleasures. However, Herbert considers our life here will precede our eternal life with Christ. Herrick considers our time here only to prepare us for the after life. He writes, “true beauty dwells on high; ours is a flame but borrowed then to light us tither.” (The Forerunners 28-29) Considering Herbert believes that time is borrowed from God then we should spend it on God, while Herrick considers that God 's grace covers our secular

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