Poetry Pieces To Study

Delight in Disorder by Robert Herrick
-Basic meaning: Faults and flaws create beauty in themselves
-If you are imperfect, you are more honest and human
-The whole poem is describing a woman’s wild outfit
-Oxymorons: “Sweet disorder”, “wild civility,” ect.

To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
-Basic meaning: Let’s take advantage of the time we’re given….and bang
-Persuasive poem
-Putting an aggressive rush on a relationship

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe
-Basic meaning: I want to give you an idealistic love that could be unrealistic
-Pastoral poem
-Offers her many material things

The Nymph’s Reply To the Shepherd by Sir Walter Ralegh
– Basic meaning: Nothing lasts forever, including love. But there is hope that it can persevere through time
-Responds directly to shepherd’s claims
-The passage of time is cruel (existentialism)

Still to be neat, still to be dressed by Ben Jonson
-Basic meaning: Natural beauty is true beauty or a woman’s search for true beauty is futile
-Natural vs artificial beauty, which is dishonesty
-Perfect exterior does not match interior

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore by William Shakespeare
-Basic meaning: Triumph over time through words
-Existentialism
-Waves = time

They Flee From Me by Sir Thomas Wyatt
-Basic meaning: Power, love, and sex. Who has the power and who leaves who?
-Animal imagery