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George Herbert combined the intellectual and the spiritual, the humble and the divine, to create some of the most moving devotional poetry in the English language. His deceptively simple verse uses the ingenious arguments typical of seventeenth-century metaphysical poets and unusual imagery drawn from musical structures, the natural world, and domestic activity to explore a mosaic of Biblical themes. From the wit and wordplay of “The Puley” and the formal experimentation of “Easter Wings” and “Paradise,” to the intense, highly personal relationship between man and God portrayed in “The Collar” and “Redemption,” the works collected here show the transcendental power of divine love. This vast collection includes all Herbert’s English poems, selections from his Latin poetry with translations, his major prose work A Priest to the Temple, and Izaak Walton’s Life of Herbert.

Synopsis:

A new edition of Herberts poetry, edited by his acclaimed biographer John Drury

George Herbert wrote, but never published, some of the very greatest poetry in the English language, including such classics of devotional poetry as “The Altar,” “Easter-Wings,” and “Love.” Also collected in this new volume is the verse Herbert wrote in Latin, newly translated into graceful English by Victoria Moul.

Synopsis:

George Herbert combined the intellectual and the spiritual, the humble and the divine, to create some of the most moving devotional poetry in the English language. His deceptively simple verse uses the ingenious arguments typical of seventeenth-century metaphysical poets and unusual imagery drawn from musical structures, the natural world, and domestic activity to explore a mosaic of Biblical themes. From the wit and wordplay of "The Puley" and the formal experimentation of "Easter Wings" and "Paradise," to the intense, highly personal relationship between man and God portrayed in "The Collar" and "Redemption," the works collected here show the transcendental power of divine love. This vast collection includes all Herbert's English poems, selections from his Latin poetry with translations, his major prose work A Priest to the Temple, and Izaak Walton's Life of Herbert.

About the Author

George Herbert (1593–1633) was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was appointed reader in rhetoric in 1618 and public orator in 1620. He attracted the attention of influential patrons, including King James I, before he took holy orders in 1626.

John Tobin is a professor of English literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140424553
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Notes by:
Tobin, John
Author:
Moul, Victoria
Author:
Herbert, George
Author:
Drury, John
Author:
Tobin, John
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20150818
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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A new edition of Herberts poetry, edited by his acclaimed biographer John Drury

George Herbert wrote, but never published, some of the very greatest poetry in the English language, including such classics of devotional poetry as “The Altar,” “Easter-Wings,” and “Love.” Also collected in this new volume is the verse Herbert wrote in Latin, newly translated into graceful English by Victoria Moul.

"Synopsis" by , George Herbert combined the intellectual and the spiritual, the humble and the divine, to create some of the most moving devotional poetry in the English language. His deceptively simple verse uses the ingenious arguments typical of seventeenth-century metaphysical poets and unusual imagery drawn from musical structures, the natural world, and domestic activity to explore a mosaic of Biblical themes. From the wit and wordplay of "The Puley" and the formal experimentation of "Easter Wings" and "Paradise," to the intense, highly personal relationship between man and God portrayed in "The Collar" and "Redemption," the works collected here show the transcendental power of divine love. This vast collection includes all Herbert's English poems, selections from his Latin poetry with translations, his major prose work A Priest to the Temple, and Izaak Walton's Life of Herbert.
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