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Delight in Disorder Summary & Analysis
by Robert Herrick

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Robert Herrick's "Delight in Disorder" was first published in his 1648 collection Hesperides—a book that reflects all the joie de vivre of the 17th-century English Cavalier poets. In this poem, a speaker says that he far prefers it when a lady's clothing looks a little "wild" rather than too "precise." After all, the speaker suggests, if a lady's clothes are messed up, she was probably doing something fun to get them that way! This is a poem about the beauty of imperfection and the joys of sex, expressed through images of "erring lace[s]" and "tempestuous petticoat[s]."

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