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What is the tone of the poem ''Upon Julia's Voice'' by Robert Herrick?

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rozh | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM via web

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What is the tone of the poem ''Upon Julia's Voice'' by Robert Herrick?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM (Answer #1)

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"Upon Julia's Voice" is one of a number of poems written by Robert Herrick in celebration of the many wonderful qualities of Julia, the idealized woman who inspired much of Herrick's work.

In this particular poem, Herrick is highlighting the profoundly soothing qualities of Julia's voice. He praises the sound of her spoken words - "So smooth, so sweet, so silv'ry" and gives an example of the incredible calming and comforting effect of hearing her voice. Even in the torment and fire of Hell, "could they hear, the Damn'd would make no noise."

Finally, Herrick points out how effortlessly Julia's voice can produce this effect. Talking to herself while "walking in thy chamber," her words are "melodious" and as beautiful as amber, which throughout the ages has been recognized as having exceptional beauty and color.

The entire poem is an ode of praise and recognition of the glory of her voice.

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