George Herbert has for centuries been admired by the religious for his piety and by lovers of poetry for his language and his wit. In the present volume, Professor Summers seeks to abolish this dualism of approach: he is concerned throughout to demonstrate Herbert's religion as it is expressed in his poems, and to interpret the poems in the light of his religion, for they are a "picture" of meticulously observed spiritual experience. He gives us a scholarly, lucid, and integrated study of a much-loved poet, who was at once a good man, a profound Christian thinker, and a most daring experimentalist in the craft of verse.
Professor Summers charts the many currents and cross-currents of early seventeenth century religious thought that affected Herbert, traces the stages of the poet's life, and then proceeds to a thorough examination of the form and content of his work. There are interesting chapters on his metrical "counterpoint," his dramatic-colloquial style, and the influence of music upon his poetry. This is not only an authoritative study of the poet himself but a notable contribution to the problem, so keenly discussed today, of religious belief in relation to poetry.
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About the Author
Joseph H. Summers, Sr. (1920-2003) was the Roswell S. Burrows Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Rochester and an internationally respected authority on Renaissance literature. He was especially known for his work on seventeenth-century poet George Herbert and for his critical studies of John Milton. Summers also wrote significantly on Shakespeare, John Donne, and other writers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
His other publications include: Muse's Method: An Introduction of Paradise Lost; The Heirs of Donne and Jonson; Dreams of Love and Power: On Shakespeare's Plays; The Lyric and Dramatic Milton; Selected Poems of Marvell; and Selected Poems of George Herbert.
Table of Contents
I Time and The Temple 11
II The Life 28
III Religion 49
IV The Conception of Form 73
V The Proper Language 95
VI The Poem as Hieroglyph 123
VII Verse and Speech 147
VIII Music 156
IX Allegory and the Sonnet: A Traditional Mode and a Traditional Form 171
X Conclusion 185
Appendix A 'The Temple Explained and Improved' 191
Appendix B Bacon and Herbert 195