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How many men out there agree with the sentiment expressed in "Delight in Disorder" ?

Asked by davidk (1414 points ) February 14th, 2010

Robert Herrick had a knack for getting to the point and being quite lyrical, that in many ways makes his poetry seems to me to be even more profound than William Shakespeare.

How many guys out there agree with Herrick when you read what he has to say here:

DELIGHT IN DISORDER.
by Robert Herrick

A SWEET disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness:
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction:
An erring lace which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher:
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbons to flow confusedly:
A winning wave (deserving note)
In the tempestuous petticoat:
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.

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janbb's avatar

Not a guy, but what a lovely, sexy poem!

Jeruba's avatar

I first read this as a teenager, and it made me feel better about my imperfections, especially with respect to wardrobe.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Frivolousness – that’s all I see in that

davidk's avatar

SDB: Frivolity must be the detoxicant of the gender deconstructed existentialist.

faye's avatar

I agree, wonderful, sexy poem.

Just_Justine's avatar

what is a stomacher?

janbb's avatar

A stomacher is similar to a corset only it is decorative and worn on the outside.

I find it interesting that although the question was addressed to men, only women have answered it. What’s that about?

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Since @davidk said “Frivolity must be the detoxicant of the gender deconstructed existentialist,” I can’t think of a word to add!

dabbler's avatar

yep, I’ve noticed it in myself. I guess the ‘disorder’ suggests just a bit of possible wantonness. Part of the attraction is just that you notice the person for whatever reason, and especially if she is otherwise carefully put together the little bit out of whack is just bloody fascinating. Doesn’t work if it’s a case of just sloppy, it has to be some exceptional bit.
I admire the folks who agree or disagree with @davidk because I’m not sure what he means and it sure sounds like some mighty thinkin’ !

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