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POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT HERRICK - Herrick Robert - 1900. 
London: George Bell and Sons, 1900. 2 volumes. The Aldine Edition. Illustrated with a frontispiece to the first volume. 8vo, contemporary half crimson morocco, the spines with raised bands gilt stopped, the compartments with fine panel designs incorporating vines and floral devices gilt, lettered in gilt in two compartments, marbled end-leaves, t.e.g. liii, 293; xxiv, 308 pp. A very fine copy. A HANDSOME AND IMPORTANT SET. The edition includes reprints of the original edition of 1648. The works are preceded by a long biographical notice of the author. The binding is very pleasing and quite fitting to the content it encloses. Herrick's poems form a cornerstone place in the oeuvre of English poetry. The author was a highly accomplished seventeenth century poet and author of the famous line: âGather ye rose buds while ye mayâ. The Victorian poet Swinburne described Herrick as âthe greatest song writer...ever born of English race.â It is certainly true that despite his use of classical allusions and names, his poems are easier for modern readers to relate to than those of many of his contemporaries. He is well-known for his style and, in his earlier works, frequent references to lovemaking and the female body. His later poetry was more of a spiritual and philosophical nature. Herrick never married, and none of his love-poems seem to connect directly with any one beloved woman. He loved the richness of sensuality and the variety of life, and this is shown vividly in his poetry.
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