Theory and Theology in George Herbert's Poetry: 'Divinitie, and Poesie, Met'

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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 in devotional texts of the time.
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"...the book contains many fine, original interpretations that advance our understanding of the poetry....this is a book of alert intelligence and subtle reading; it deserves to be studied by all readers of Herbert's poetry."--George Herbert Journal

"This is a sophisticated, convincing, and important study, one that should be essential reading for any who wish to deepen their understanding of Herbert's poetry and who would hope to locate the poet within the richly syncretic Post-Reformation and Counter-Reformation theological discourse. Clarke has taken on the major Herbert critics--and will now herself be ranked among them."--Sixteenth Century Journal

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Nottingham Trent University
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Poetry and Divine Motion 1
1 Herbert and Savonarola: The Rhetoric of Radical Simplicity 27
2 An Introduction to the Devoute Life and The Temple: 'The Poetry of Meditation' or 'Private Ejaculations'? 71
i The Poetry of Meditation: St Francois de Sales and The Temple 71
ii 'Ejaculations': An Introduction to the Devoute Life and a Subtitle for The Temple 100
3 'Ejaculations' and the Poetry of the Psalms: Herbert's Role as Contemporary Psalmist 127
4 Reading Herbert Reading Valde's: Antinomian Disruption, The Hundred and Ten Considerations and The Temple 179
5 The Sanctification of Poetry 224
Conclusion: Poetry, Signification, and Silence 268
Select Bibliography 281
Index of Poems 293
General Index 295
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