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Form in Herrick’s “Corinna’s Going A-Maying”

Robert Herrick combines the use of form and literary devices to create a seemingly light-hearted poem which is full of suggestively political and sexual connotations. Overall, the fourteen-line stanzas are very consistently structures: two longer lines alternated with four shorter lines, the rhyme occurring in couplets. The regularity of the structure, as well as the consistent alternation in line length creates the appearance of song verses or nursery-rhymes, which is one way in which the author creates a light-hearted tone. This consistency only breaks down at the end, where, at the end of the stanza, there are three short lines and three long lines, instead of four and two, respectively. This break reflects the change in tone. The last stanza,…