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

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The theme of the poem is beauty of Julia's voice, and more broadly, the value of beauty. In this short poem, the speaker is taking a moment to dwell on the beauty of the way his beloved sounds and to woo her by communicating how lovely her voice seems to his ears.

The alliteration of the poem, as well as the imagery and hyperbole, all seek to translate the melody of her voice into words.

For example, the pile-up of six alliterative "s" sounds in the first line captures a voice's fluid up and down cadence:

So smooth, so sweet, so silv’ry

as do the soft m's in the last line: "Melting melodious."

The speaker also uses hyperbole or exaggeration to...

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