Robert Herrick

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Posted by chameli at 10:55 PM
Life of Robert Herrick
Robert Herrick was born in Cheapside, London, in 1592.He was the seventh child of Nicholas Herrick, a prosperous goldsmith.In 1592, Nichlolas  killed himself by jumping from the fourth-floor window of his house.
There is no record of Herrick attending school,although it is possible he attended William Herrick .In 1607 , he became apprentice to his uncle Sir William Herrick as a goldsmith. Herrick entered St'John's College , Cambridge in 1613. graduated a Bachelor of Arts in 1617. , and Master of Arts in 1620. He became the elder of the ''Sons of Ben'', Calvalier poets who idolized Ben Jonson , mixing in literary circles in London .On April 24, 1623 Herrick was ordained an Episcopal minister and acted as chaplain to Buckingham on the expedition to the Ile de Re  . In 1623 he was appointed by Charles 1 to the living of Dean Prior in the diocese of Exeter , a post he reluctantly accepted . There , in Devon , he lived in the seclusion of country life, and wrote some of his best  work , never completely ceasing , however , to long for the pleasures of London.In 1647 ,under the Commonwealth , he was expelled from the priory by the Protectorate government for refusing the Solemn League and Covenant, and returned to London . In  1648 Herrick published his major collection , Hesperides , consisting of 1200 poems.Included separately in Hesperides was the subsection Noble Numbers , for the poems with sacred Subjects With the restoration of Charles 2 in 1660 he returned to Doven where he died and was buried a bachelor in 1674 at the age of eighty-three.