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Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Delight in Disorder Robert Herrick’s Delight in Disorder is one of his fourteen hundred poems published in 1648. Throughout the short, 14-line, lyric poem Herrick demonstrates the speaker’s fondness of observing disorder, especially if there is involvement with the female being; in extension to this, he seems to be presenting a great internal struggle within the speaker about his way of admiring a women, conveying conflicting emotions through his words.Delight in Disorder is considered a lyric poem; it is a shorter poem that is not so much of a narrative, but instead has the identity of being a thought that is battling amidst two different responses to the speaker’s situation. It emphasizes emotion, and feeling about an event, which he describes with words that entail beauty, and also words that entail turmoil. Herrick organized this poem into seven couplets, allowing it to come together quite neatly.The 14 lines provide an equal number of syllables for each, making for good rhythm throughout.
What should also be noticed about the poem is that it’s words give implications of the speaker as it displays a kind of “sweet disorder” concerning the couplets. In Herrick’s first line “A sweet disorder in the dress” acts as an indication that the body (the ‘dress’) of them poem, will itself be in a kind of disarray, as well as referring more explicitly to the dress of a female individual.To follow through with this indication of disorder, lines one and two rhyme quite easily when read, along with lines 9 and 10, and the ending lines 13 and 14 as well.
However, The other four couplets force the reader to slightly alter the pronunciation of the ending word in order to get a good rhyme out of the couplet; for example: “thrown” and “distraction” in lines three and four. Furthermore, The lyric “I” is used once in line 12, which gives the reader the feeling of a concluding thought, however, this thought of “wild civility” is somewhat paradoxical.So we see that the outward appearance of Delight in Disorder is quite appealing as Herrick opens and closes the poem with rhyming couplets, and keeps all of his lines to eight syllables; however, like the poem’s lesson demonstrates, one must be careful at what they indulge in based on appearances – as there may be mental repercussions or conflicts.
In addition to rhyme Herrick uses alliteration several times, most obviously apparent in the title, Delight in Disorder, where we find two somewhat dissimilar words or thoughts (delight, disorder) with a commonality at the head, or in the speaker’s head.The other several lines that implement the alliteration method: “disorder in the dress” (line 1), “Kindles in clothes” (line 2), “winning wave” (line 9), “Do more bewitch me” (line 13), “precise in every part” (line 14) further suggest the connectivity and pattern of the lines, maybe clueing to us that such conflict in thought is repeated in life. Another figure of speech mentioned earlier is observed in line 12.Here a paradox is presented when Herrick writes, “I see a wild civility;” he could be referring to the crazy, wild idea of two individuals making love because it was the conventional thing to do, or he could be referring to the internal conflict going on inside himself, where there is a strong oppositional force between what is civil and polite of a man, and what is alluring and “bewitching” to him. The overall tone of Herrick’s selected poem is reflective and mindful, a common repercussion of troubling thoughts.It can be seen in such a way that the poem presents itself as being sexually playful, with line one and two explaining how it is the “disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness,” and words like “shoulders… fine…lace…stomacher…every part” in addition to the play on messiness of dress, which is a cliche image of a couple after the act of having sex – finding themselves in a somewhat delightful disarray of themselves and their surroundings.
In addition, I find that the tone also gives hints of uncertainty, as the idea of whether the act of having sex is also the act of making love is in question, and also if it is an act that is to be gone about in a materialistic manner, making it seem somewhat bourgeois. On the surface the poem appears to be somewhat sweet. It gives you the idea that two fine young people had just made love, and the speaker is observing the beauty in the messiness of dress. The entity of a woman who is “A winning wave, deserving note” that is delicately clothed had seduced him, or rather, “bewitch,” hinting that he was lured or tricked into it.There are several anomalies of words that stick out to me throughout the short, seemingly sweet poem. Words scattered all throughout the sweetness of the lines that hint the small bursts of turmoil the speaker may be going through. These corresponding words include “disorder…distraction…erring… enthralls… confusedly… careless… bewitch.
” Why would he be going through such turmoil? It may be because this act of ‘making love’ was not so much based on true love, but more so on material qualities. The majority of the poem is dedicated to the speaker describing outward appearance and material objects.In lines three, five, seven, eight, nine, and eleven we will find the speaker presenting a repetition of nouns, or objects; for example we find “a lawn,” “an erring lace,” “a cuff,” “a winning wave,” “a careless shoestring.
” All of these things “do more bewitch him than when art is too precise in every part. ” These lines (lines 13 and 14) suggest, as observed earlier in the analysis, that the speaker is strongly allured (or more so “bewitched”) to figures, or art, when they are somewhat disorderly; more precisely, he seems to be enticed by what they are wearing.However, this inclusion of “more so” implies he is still “bewitched” when such figures or pieces of art are in fact precise in every part, just not as strongly as when they are in disarray. This exemplifies the power of one of humanities strong, intrinsic emotions: lust.
Does lust involve the same deep feelings as love? Is lust just as satisfiable to the mind as love? Is it more satisfying? Is it justifiable? In the lines 9-12 I find a very interesting analogy I keep going back go. A winning wave, deserving note” symbolizes a prize of a woman; “in the tempestuous petticoat” working actually as a metaphor for her outer appearance, her material apparel, which is the cause of the “tempestuous” feelings internally swelling in him. Next on line 11: “A careless shoestring,” referring to himself as careless, as he has already given in to his lustful feelings and now he is feeling somewhat worthless and weak, like a limp shoe string, “in whose tie,” referring to his tough situation where he may be stuck, “he sees wild civility,” exercising the paradox to work as a display for his contradicting feelings and actions.Herrick demonstrates that it is sometimes the faults in people or objects that make them so appealing or so special. It is what sets them apart from the ‘perfect,’ although even an object with a flaw could be considered ‘perfect’ for some people.
At the same time he is torn between if appreciating the outer, material belongings of a women is the right way to go about being attracted to her. Although he finds delight in such imperfections, the things the imperfections are attached to, the material things, are questionably legitimate as reasons behind taking a woman to bed.