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Upon Julia's Clothes

Upon Julia's Clothes


by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia's Clothes Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

"Upon Julia's Clothes" is, for the most part, written in a meter called iambic tetrameter, and it's a meter Herrick used quite a bit in his poetry. Each line consists of four (tetra-) iambs (a unit...


This speaker has got it bad. We mean, he's head over heels, primetime in love with Julia… 's clothes. How do we know? Well for one thing, he can't stop talking about them. And for another, he thi...


We have no idea where Julia is. Maybe she's chatting up a potential suitor in a parlor in an English palace. Maybe she's dancing a waltz with our adoring speaker. Hey, maybe she's strutting her stu...

Sound Check

"Upon Julia's Clothes" is full of subtle repetitions of sounds. You might not notice them at first, but the more you read it aloud, the more those repetitions will make themselves known. Let's take...

What's Up With the Title?

The poem is called "Upon Julia's Clothes" largely because (prepare yourself) it is about how the speaker feels when he looks at Julia's clothes. We know, we just blew your mind, right? Sure, the ti...

Calling Card

Based on his poetry alone, it would be easy to assume that Herrick was a bit of a lothario. After all, much of his stuff was about women and their wiles. All of the so-called Julia poems fit these...


"Upon Julia's Clothes" is short and simple. There are a few wonky words here and there that might seem unfamiliar, but grab yourself a dictionary, and you're good to go.


Robert Herrick lived until he was 83, which is quite a long while for a dude from the 1600s. He was an old, old man. (Source.)You might be surprised to learn that Herrick, who seemed to love the la...

Steaminess Rating

This woman is wearing far too many clothes to be doing anything all that steamy. Even though all that glittering seems to be getting our speaker a bit hot and bothered, the clothes stay on in the end.

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