Theory and Theology in George Herberts Poetry: `Divinitie, and Poesie, Met

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

byElizabeth Clarke

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In seventeenth-century England the poet George Herbert became known as `Divine Herbert', his poetry a model for those aspiring to the status of inspired Christian poet. This book explores the relationship between the poetry of George Herbert and the concept of divine inspiration rooted indevotional texts of the time. Clarke considers three very different treatises read and approved by Herbert: Savonarola's De Simplicitate Christianae Vitae, Juan de Valdes's The Hundred and Ten Considerations, and Francois de Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life. These authors all saw literaryproduction as implicit in a theological argument about the workings of the Holy Spirit. Clarke goes on to offer a new reading of many of Herbert's poems, concluding that implanted in Herbert's poetry are many well-established codes which to a seventeenth-century readership signified divineinspiration.

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In seventeenth-century England the poet George Herbert became known as `Divine Herbert', his poetry a model for those aspiring to the status of inspired Christian poet. This book explores the relationship between the poetry of George Herbert and the concept of divine inspiration rooted indevotional texts of the time. Clarke considers...

Elizabeth Clarke is at Nottingham Trent University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:306 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198263988

ISBN - 13:9780198263982

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`Most students of Herbert will be pleased by the light Clarke sheds on Herbert's poetic methods. She buils a strong argument for the importance of the reader in Herbert's poetic/theological position. The book... provides an original contirbution to the understanding of poetic method forHerbert and for Christian poetry in the seventeeth-century.'Douglas A. Northrop, Renaissance Quarterly