Lords of Wine and Oile: Community and Conviviality in the Poetry of Robert Herrick

Hardcover | October 29, 2011

EditorRuth Connolly, Tom Cain

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'Lords of Wine and Oile' provides a long overdue book-length appraisal of the major seventeenth-century poet Robert Herrick. The collection reads his poetry in the context of his literary, musical, political, and religious affiliations and looks at how he both presents and constructs ideals ofcommunity through his work. Herrick is best known for his poetry's grace, good humour, and tolerant inclusiveness, characteristics at odds with the publication of his work close to the end of the Civil Wars. This collection places Herrick's poetry in a much wider chronological context beginning withhis early career as a manuscript poet in Jacobean London. Contributors present original research to situate Herrick within the coteries of Ben Jonson and Thomas Stanley, uncover the Royalism of Herrick's publishers, and identify the printer of Hesperides. Others examine how the context ofpublication in 1648 gives a political colouring to Herrick's imitations of Ovid and Anacreon and how Herrick, like Katherine Philips, uses the theme of friendship and the mode of print to construct an idea of the autonomous author. Two essays explore Herrick's musical collaborations with HenryLawes, the first such work since 1976, and analyse the influence of musical settings and group performance on the interpretation of Herrick's lyrics. The collection also showcases an important debate on the challenges posed by Herrick's work, which consciously rejects competitive anxiety andnarrative momentum, for historicist and postmodernist literary criticism. Contributors include Stella Achilleos, Line Cottegnies, John Creaser, Achsah Guibbory, Stacey Jocoy, Leah Marcus, Katharine Eisaman Maus, Nicholas McDowell, Michelle O'Callaghan, Graham Parry, Syrithe Pugh, and RichardWistreich.

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'Lords of Wine and Oile' provides a long overdue book-length appraisal of the major seventeenth-century poet Robert Herrick. The collection reads his poetry in the context of his literary, musical, political, and religious affiliations and looks at how he both presents and constructs ideals ofcommunity through his work. Herrick is best...

Ruth Connolly is a lecturer in seventeenth-century literature at the School of English, Newcastle University. She has published on early modern women's writing and on the influence of Herrick's experience of manuscript circulation on the construction of Hesperides. She is currently co-editing Robert Herrick: The Complete Poetry for Ox...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceA Note on QuotationsList of IllustrationsContributorsTom Cain and Ruth Connolly: Introduction: Herrick's Communities of Manuscript and Print1. Katharine Eisaman Maus: Why Read Herrick?2. John Creaser: 'Jocond his Muse was': Celebration and Virtuosity in Herrick3. Leah S. Marcus: Conviviality Interrupted or, Herrick and Postmodernism4. Michelle O'Callaghan: 'Those Lyrick Feasts, made at the Sun, the Dog, the triple Tunne': Going Clubbing with Ben Jonson5. Nicholas McDowell: Herrick and the Order of the Black Riband: Literary Community in Civil War London and the Publication of Hesperides (1648)6. Line Cottegnies: 'Leaves of Fame': Katherine Philips and Robert Herrick's Shared Community7. Richard Wistreich: 'Thou and Ile sing to make these dull Shades merry': Herrick's Charon Dialogues8. Stella Achilleos: Ile bring thee Herrick to Anacreon:' Robert Herrick's Anacreontics and the Politics of Conviviality in Hesperides9. Syrithe Pugh: Supping with Ghosts: Imitation and Immortality in Herrick10. Stacey Jocoy: 'Touch but thy Lire (my Harrie)':Henry Lawes and the Mirthful Music of Hesperides11. Graham Parry: His Noble Numbers12. Achsah Guibbory: Afterword:Herrick's Community, the Babylonian Captivity, and the Uses of HistoricismFurther ReadingIndex