Discussing the political and religious poetry Milton, Marwell, Herrick

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In seventeenth century we see many valuable poets who wrote about religion, politic and erotic. These poets, we have studied in the second half of this term, are: Robert Herrick, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell and John Milton. When we read their poems we can easily see that, all of these narrators have different idea about religion, politics and erotic. Some of these writers have very strong felling about religion some of them not and we can also see some of them are interested in politics very deeply, at the same time we can see, although they are Catholic some of them are against the Catholic church. Taking some reference of these writers works now I will briefly talk about the way in which the political and religious conflicts and tensions of the seventeenth-century poetry. The poems that, I will discuss are: Corinna's Going a-Maying, Upon Julia's Clothes, Affliction, The Collar, A Hymn to the Name and Honour of the Admirable Saint Teresa, Eyes and Tears, and Lycidas.

Firstly I want to talk about Robert Herrick's "Corinna's Going a-Maying". When we take a look this poem we see this poem as a carpe diem poem but this poem is not single carpe diem poem, it also includes some politic aspects. Herrick is a catholic writer and in this work Herrick talks about May Day. May day is like, a kind of Sunday sports which many women and men be together in the forest and make fun. Puritans are against this kind of celebrations because they believe these kinds of celebrations are caused social problems like illegitimate babies and they also believe, Sunday should be just for religion, studying the Bible ext. This is political as some people were forced to go to the church in which they...