Discontents in Devon

By Robert Herrick 1591–1674 Robert Herrick
More discontents I never had
         Since I was born, than here;
Where I have been, and still am, sad,
         In this dull Devonshire.
Yet justly too I must confess,
         I ne'er invented such
Ennobled numbers for the press,
         Than where I loath'd so much.

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Poet Robert Herrick 1591–1674


Subjects Arts & Sciences, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Poetry & Poets

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 Robert  Herrick


Almost forgotten in the eighteenth century, and in the nineteenth century alternately applauded for his poetry’s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,” Robert Herrick is, in the latter half of the twentieth century, finally becoming 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, the . . .

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