Of Love: A Sonnet
Robert Herrick, 1591 – 1674
How love came in I do not know,
Whether by the eye, or ear, or no;
Or whether with the soul it came
(At first) infused with the same;
Whether in part ’tis here or there,
Or, like the soul, whole everywhere,
This troubles me: but I as well
As any other this can tell:
That when from hence she does depart
The outlet then is from the heart.
Though beautiful, I want to see if any of you can figure out what is wrong with this poem. I would say that I’d give a prize to the person who figured it out, but I have no idea what kind of prize I could give. If you had taken my class in English Literature, you’d know instantly what the problem with this poem is. Any guesses?