- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (September 17, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393092542
- ISBN-13: 978-0393092547
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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George Herbert and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Poets [Authoritative Texts, Criticism] First Edition Edition
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From the Back Cover
This volume presents the major works of five poets--George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Henry Vaughan, and Thomas Traherne. While most of the selections are religious poetry, the important secular verse of Marvell and Crashaw is also included. Eighty poems by Herbert have been selected form The Temple, and two early poems from Issak Walton's Lives are also included.
About the Author
Mario A. Di Cesare is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the S.U.N.Y. Foundation, and the Robert Frost Library. Among his publications are Vida's Christiad and Vergilian Epic; The Altar and the City: A Reading of Vergil's Aeneid; A Concordance to the Complete Writings of George Herbert (with Rigo Mignani); The Tanner Manuscript of George Herbert's "The Temple" (prepared in collaboration with Amy Charles); and numerous scholarly articles.
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Di Cesare gives us the poems of five great English poets: George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Henry Vaughan and Thomas Traherne. All lived and wrote in the 1600's, and all were known for the religious passion and spiritual imagination of their poetry (though he includes some secular poetry of Crashaw and Marvell). I picked it up because I had read some haunting verse by Herbert, little realizing what a treasure I had before me. For those who are interested in the intersection of beauty, intellect and spirit, I can think of no greater English book.
The first two hundred pages are given to the poems themselves. Di Cesare gives a one page introduction to each poet, and also includes helpful annotations (crucial since the English is so old). The annotations themselves, though brief, often go beyond explaining the meaning of a word or allusion, and end up giving real insight into the meaning of the poem.
The next 20 pages are textual notes on the poets, that is, Di Cesare's explanations on why he included the forms of word choice and spelling, as well as alternate (or earlier) line choices.
The last 160 pages (besides the bibliography) consists of collected criticism of the poets by figures such as Coleridge, Huxley, Auden, Eliot as well as another two dozen less familiar names. The essays I read were extremely insightful and helpful.
All in all, this has quickly become one of my favorite books. A huge thanks to Norton for this fine edition.