The Analysis of a Passage of Verse in 1590-1700 Essay

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The Analysis of a Passage of Verse in 1590-1700 An analysis of a passage of verse or prose written between 1590-1700, explaining the meaning and quality they would aim to bring out in speaking the passage aloud.

“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
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When speaking poetry punctuation has to be taken into account. In the second verse, at the end of the second line there is no punctuation at this point the voice must be kept high and must flow onto speaking the next line, this is called an enjambment and can be described as being a suspensive pause, due to the pause a large breath needs to be taken at the beginning of the line, this allows the speaker to continue along the verse in a fluid style.

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.


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