Herrick: Delight In Disorder Shows Delight In Life Essay

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Herrick: Delight In Disorder Shows Delight In Life

The lively figures of speech in Herrick's "Delight in Disorder" show his sensual delight
in the little things in life. The oxymorons, animations, images, and paradox in this poem
display the author's enjoyment of true uniqueness. The animations in "Delight in Disorder"
show how the speaker sees the clothing as having a will of it's own that makes the outfit
more "bewitch[ing]" (13). For example, the author cites a "tempestuous petticoat" and a
"careless shoestring" as things that cause the woman's dress to be unique and intriguing
(9, 10). Through his use of the animation "tempestuous petticoat", the author shows the
reader that the petticoat not only flows freely and wildly, but the woman is also free and
wild (9). The "careless shoestring" shows the how the disarray of the woman and her dress
make her unusual (10).

The oxymorons in "Delight in Disorder" show the true uniqueness of the woman, as well as
her dress. The phrase, "sweet disorder" very directly shows the author's appreciation of
the woman's wayward clothing (1). The woman's clothing is clearly out of place and, though
society often considers this unbecoming, the speaker finds it sweet. "Wild civility"
denotes pleasantness and wildness at the same time (12). This draws the speaker towards
the woman in the poem and her individual sense of style while still staying within the
confines of polite society. This small hint of rebellion is appealing to the speaker, and
he uses oxymorons to show his appreciation of the beauty that this creates.

"Delight and Disorder" is filled with images of clothing in an order that follows the
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