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Diction in Delight in Disorder

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Diction in Delight in Disorder
In the poem "Delight in Disorder," (523-24) written by Robert Herrick, the speaker is describing the beauty of a women in a disorder dress, he comments on how confusing and disarray the dress is, yet he is still admires the woman. The speaker speaks in a happy and light tone because of some the word choices such as "'sweet'" (1) and "'fine'" (4). The poem diction's is important to the description of the poem because of the author's choice of words with multiple meanings, use of metaphors and use of end rhymes to create pattern.

In the first and second verse the speaker says "A sweet disorder in the dress /Kindles in clothes a wantonness/" describes the speaker's comments about the dress and the woman. The word "disorder" (1) is an important word in Herrick's poem because it defines the meanings of the poem very well. According to Oxford English Dictionary, the word "'disorder'" it is an absence or undoing of order or regular arrangement; confusion, confused state or condition. It is the feeling the speaker is experiencing as he examines the woman and it also describes what he thinks about the dress. Herrick pairs the words "sweet disorder" to change the tone and meaning to a more positive note. This diction creates a feeling that it is good to be in this state of disorder or confusion. In next verse he uses the word "'kindles'" (3) which is a feeling "of passion" (OED). This implies that the woman in the dress is sexy or attractive and shows that the speaker doesn't care about disordered or imperfect dress and probably likes the woman.