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Robert Herrick's Hesperides and the Epigram Book Tradition
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988

Ann Baynes Coiro

Robert Herrick's Hesperides and the Epigram Book TraditionBecause Robert Herrick has usually been regarded as a poet of brief, brilliant moments, the 1,130 poems of his Hesperides have never been treated as a coherent volume. Professor Ann Coiro examines Herrick and Hesperides in a new context—that of the epigram book, a genre that invited a variety of interpretations during the Renaissance. She provides a full appreciation of the work's complex unity and illuminates the structure and function of a long-neglected genre.