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The main poem that you need to focus on is “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”. All of Robert Herrick’s poems are in the PDF that I have uploaded, use it to find the above-mentioned sonnet. The instructions below say to focus on one poem but it also requires you to compare it with certain other sonnets as well. The only acceptable sonnets you can compare it to are “The Vine”, “Delight in Disorder”, Hi Farewell to Sack”, “Corinna’s Going A-Maying”, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, “Upon the Nipples of Julia’s Breast”, “His Prayer to Ben Jonson”, “This Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad”.
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Ignore the rest of them.
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Instructions:
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The requirement is to write a minimum of two FULL pages, double-spaced, a short essay that chooses one of the “love” poems by Robert Herrick and explain how this poem imitates, builds upon, and rejects the forms, tropes, and most importantly, the ideas and concepts expressed in sonnets. While all of these poems are about love and desire they do not necessarily depict or even understand love and desire in similar ways. To make this comparison you will need to discuss specific examples in the poem you are comparing as well as specific examples drawn from the sonnets. Your thesis should make a claim about how this work is responding to the earlier depictions of love in the sonnets.
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For this essay, you may choose to directly compare your poem to one sonnet or you may compare it to a theme or trope that occurs through a number of sonnets.
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This essay is intended to be original work. Do not consult or draw upon outside sources for it.