George Herbert

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When Wendy Cope developed an interest in poetry, she bought a selection of George Herbert's verse. She writes of his work: 'I took to it immediately. What especially appealed to me - and still does - was this poet's wonderfully playful delight in poetic form, and the fact that these playful poems are, at the same time, utterly serious...There is humour, as well as exuberant inventiveness, in his work, but no one challenges his standing as a seriuos poet, whose primary concern was not to show off but to tell the ...

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Overview

When Wendy Cope developed an interest in poetry, she bought a selection of George Herbert's verse. She writes of his work: 'I took to it immediately. What especially appealed to me - and still does - was this poet's wonderfully playful delight in poetic form, and the fact that these playful poems are, at the same time, utterly serious...There is humour, as well as exuberant inventiveness, in his work, but no one challenges his standing as a seriuos poet, whose primary concern was not to show off but to tell the truth.' In George Herbert: Verse and Prose, Wendy Cope has brought together a fine selection of Herbert's poems and introduces us to a little of his prose and a few of his 'Outlandish Proverbs'. She has also provided an extended introduction to the work of this important seventeenth-century poet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780281054756
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Golden Age of Spiritual Writing Ser.
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

The Golden Age of Spiritual Writing ix
Introduction xiii
A Note on Reading Herbert xxvi
The Dedication 1
The Church-Porch 2
The Altar 21
The Reprisall 22
Redemption 23
Easter 24
Easter-Wings 25
Sinne 26
Affliction 27
Prayer 30
The Holy Communion (1) 31
Antiphon 33
Employment 34
The Holy Scriptures 35
Whitsunday 36
Mattens 37
Even-Song 38
Church-Musick 39
The Windows 40
Trinitie Sunday 41
Content 42
The Quidditie 44
Avarice 45
To all Angels and Saints 46
Deniall 47
Vertue 48
The Pearl 49
Unkindnesse 51
Life 52
Mortification 53
Jordan 55
Conscience 56
The British Church 57
The Quip 58
Dialogue 59
Providence 60
Sinnes Round 66
Peace 67
Mans Medley 69
The Storm 71
The Method 72
Divinitie 74
The Discharge 75
Praise 77
The Collar 78
The Glimpse 79
The Call 80
The Pulley 81
The Priesthood 82
The Search 84
Grief 87
The Crosse 88
The Flower 90
The Sonne 92
A True Hymne 93
Bitter-sweet 94
The Glance 95
The Forerunners 96
The Invitation 98
The Elixir 100
A Wreath 101
Judgement 102
Heaven 103
Love 104
From A Priest to the Temple or The Country Parson The Parson praying 105
The Holy Communion (2) 107
Letter to Sir Henry Herbert 109
A Selection from Outlandish Proverbs 111
Select Bibliography 115
Index of First Lines 117
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