When we studied Donne, I gave you principles of his metaphysical poetry to watch out for, and then we looked at illustrations in specific poems. Herrick is not a metaphysical poet, and the easy accessibility of his poems calls for a different approach. Your job is to work in groups to identify major themes, ideas, motifs, attitudes, implications, conclusions, etc. in Herrick’s poems.
Here is a list of poems to which we will devote close attention in class. I will assign one group of poems to each group of students. The headings should suggest a starting point, topic, or theme. Try to establish Herrick’s position vis-à-vis each area. I will give you an opportunity to mull over your ideas with your group, and then you will share them with the rest of the class. This is a fishing expedition: see what you can bring to the surface.