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Herrick and the Order of the Black Riband: Literary Community in Civil-War London and the Publication of <i>Hesperides</i> (1648)

Nicholas McDowell

in ‘Lords of Wine and Oile’

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604777
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729355 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604777.003.0006
Herrick and the Order of the Black Riband: Literary Community in Civil-War London and the Publication of Hesperides (1648)

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This chapter recovers Herrick’s association with a formidable, secretive, and almost unknown literary circle which formed in London in the aftermath of the first Civil War, and whose raison d’être was to encourage translation and imitation of classical, neo-Latin, and continental verse. I suggest that when Herrick prepared Hesperides for publication, he was close to, or was perhaps even a member of the poetic community that gathered in the Middle Temple rooms of Thomas Stanley and included prominent royalist writers such as Richard Lovelace and James Shirley.

Keywords: Robert Herrick; Thomas Stanley; Richard Lovelace; James Shirley; poetry; London; literary community; patronage; translation; royalism

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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