Robert Herrick was an English poet who lived from 1591–1674. Until recently he was considered only a “minor poet.” But, his work has found new life, which goes to show that one’s work may have a life that is unknown to its creator.
But why is Mr. Herrick’s poetry here in the Napa Valley Writers Blog? Well, in this particular poem he talks about wine and asks us to live well and trust the words of thoughtful writers, which sounds pretty “Napa Valley” to us. Additionally, he lists many of the greatest poets: Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Catullus, Tibullus, which makes this poem a nice reference for those interested in learning the history poetry.
To Live Merrily, and to Trust to Good Verses By Robert Herrick