The Pillar of Fame

By Robert Herrick 1591–1674 Robert Herrick
            Fame’s pillar here at last we set,
            Out-during marble, brass or jet;
                Charmed and enchanted so
                  As to withstand the blow
                     O f   o v e r t h r o w ;
                    Nor   shall   the   seas,
                      Or     o u t r a g e s
                    Of   storms,   o’erbear
                     What    we    uprear;
                    Tho’   kingdoms   fall,
                 This   pillar   never   shall
                 Decline   or waste at   all;
        But   stand   for ever   by   his   own
        Firm   and    well-fixed    foundation.

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Poet Robert Herrick 1591–1674

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Concrete or Pattern Poetry, Rhymed Stanza

 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 Living, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION England

Poetic Terms Concrete or Pattern Poetry, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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