Secretary of praise : the poetic vocation of George Herbert
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The purpose of this study is to elucidate Herbert's poetry by reference to grace and charity as two of the major themes of The Temple. These doctrines lay the foundation for an understanding of Herbert's poetic vocation, his typical didactic strategies, the dramatic and emotional situation on which his book builds, and his spiritual autobiography--a poetic sequence that is a comprehensive exposition of the empirical reality, as Herbert saw it, of grace and charity.
Table of Contents
The poet and his religion -- The temple and the typical Christian -- Self-observation and constant creation -- "All things are busie" -- The "blest order" -- The priest and the poetry.