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‘Lords of Wine and Oile’Community and Conviviality in the Poetry of Robert Herrick$
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Ruth Connolly and Tom Cain

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604777.001.0001

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‘Ile bring thee Herrick to Anacreon’: Robert Herrick’s Anacreontics and the Politics of Conviviality in Hesperides

‘Ile bring thee Herrick to Anacreon’: Robert Herrick’s Anacreontics and the Politics of Conviviality in Hesperides

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(p.191) 8 ‘Ile bring thee Herrick to Anacreon’: Robert Herrick’s Anacreontics and the Politics of Conviviality in Hesperides
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‘Lords of Wine and Oile’
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Stella Achilleos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604777.003.0009

This chapter examines Robert Herrick’s translations and imitations of the Anacreontea, concentrating in particular on his appropriation of the concept of the anacreontic symposium in Hesperides. For Herrick, this provides the model for an elite and refined form of sociability and conviviality that is often associated with Ben Jonson and those convivial drinking sessions held by Jonson and his ‘sons’ at various London taverns in the 1620s. A number of Herrick’s anacreontics might have been composed during this period, registering an aspect of his literary exchange within this select community of poets. However, as it is argued, these poems gain a politically sharpened set of connotations in Hesperides in 1648, as, within the context of the political and ideological controversies of the Civil War period, the element of communal drinking in the genre comes to project a notion of royalist bonding and solidarity.

Keywords:   Robert Herrick, anacreontic, elite sociability, conviviality, drinking verses, communal drinking, literary exchange, Ben Jonson, Jonson’s ‘sons’, royalism

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