To the Sour Reader

By Robert Herrick 1591–1674 Robert Herrick
If thou dislik’st the piece thou light’st on first,
Think that of all that I have writ the worst;
But if thou read’st my book unto the end,
And still dost this and that verse reprehend,
O perverse man! If all disgustful be,
The extreme scab take thee and thine, for me.

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Poet Robert Herrick 1591–1674

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Poetry & Poets

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 Robert  Herrick

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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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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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