The Analysis of a Passage of Verse in 1590-1700 Essay
“To Anthea who may command him anything”- Robert Herrick
The way we speak poetry must reflect the emotion of the poet, when writing it. To do this the reader must draw on their personal emotions, thought and feelings.
Herrick has written this to be a sincere declaration of love from himself to Anthea, speaking of how he would do anything for her. Herrick is very earnest in his pleas to her, and so we can determine …show more content…
In this verse the words “soft” and “sound“, stand out these should have some emphasis by slightly raising the voice, but also should embody the meaning of the word, for example soft should be spoken softly.
In the third verse he is asking for her command again, “bid that heart stay”. This I would speak in a factual manner, by keeping the same tone and expression throughout the line thus putting across the fact that Anthea seems to be able to almost control the poet. The second line slower and more softly because of the word languish. This verse has quite a lot of punctuation and so does not flow easily, and has a staccato feel to it. The semi-colon breaks the verse into two and separates the two opposites of the verse, the first him asking her to bid him honour her and the second part bidding his heart to languish.