Is Robert Herrick's "To Daffodils" a cavalier poem?
Yes, the poem echoes the same "Carpe Diem" theme as "To the Virgins, To Make Much Use of Time," another Cavalier poem by Robert Herrick:
You haste away so soon;...
...We have short time to stay, as you,
So says Enotes' editors:
[Herrick] unit[es] the natural cycles of life and death with the rites and ceremonies of Christian worship. Although a very common theme in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century verse, and particularly in Cavalier poetry, the association of Christianity and carpe diem is not a traditional one; it is unique to Herrick and perhaps “natural” given Herrick’s thirty-two year career as vicar of Dean Prior, an appointment originally bestowed by King Charles I.
Also, Herrick's style is similar to that of Ben Jonson, the "father" of the Cavaliers. Among the similarities are:
- Secular poet more than divine
- Classical more than biblical: celebration of worldliness
- Delight in disorder
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