Definition– the pattern of rhyme between lines of a poem
To Athena, who may Command Him Anything
Bid me to live, and I will live
Thy protestant to be;
Or bid me love, and I will give
A loving heart to thee.
A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
A heart as sound and free,
As in the whole world thou canst find,
That heart I’ll give to thee.
Bid that heart stay, and it will stay,
To honour thy decree;
Or bid it languish quite away,
And ‘t shall do so for thee.
Bid me to weep, and I will weep,
While I have eyes to see;
And having none, yet I will keep
A heart to weep for thee.
Bid me despair, and I’ll despair,
Under that cypress tree;
Or bid me die, and I will dare
E’en death, to die for thee.
Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me;
And hast command of every part,
To live and die for thee.
In Herrick’s poem, he uses an “A,B” pattern as a rhyme scheme. In the very first line of the first phrase, the last word rhymes with the last word on the third line. Same goes for the second and forth line. This rhyme scheme flows throughout the entire poem.
About the Author- Robert Herrick was born in August 1591. He graduated in 1617 at Saint John’s College, Cambridge. some of his written pieces include Hesperides; or, the Works Both Human and Divine of Robert Herrick, Esq. (1648), His Noble Numbers (A group of religious poems printed in 1647). The entire collection contains more than 1200 short poems, ranging in a wide variety. Herrick was influenced by classical Roman poetry and wrote on pastoral themes, dealing mostly with English country life and customs. Later in life, Herrick became a disciple of Ben Johnson, about whom he wrote five poems. In 1623 Herrick took holy orders for a total of thirty-one years, but during the Great Rebellion in 1647, he was removed from his position. This was because of his Royalist sympathies. Following the restoration of Charles II, Herrick was reinstated at Dean Prior where he resided from 1662 until his death in October 1674.
Citation for both poem and biography- www.poets.org
Image of Relevance–
There are many statues of Athena, the Greek Goddess of war, but I chose this particular one because it was less intimidation. It showed the persuasive and kind side of Athena, the side Herrick was referring to, instead of the violent side in which she is commonly known as.