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- DescriptionThis book changes the way we read one of the greatest masters of the lyric poem in English. Unlike much recent scholarship on George Herbert, Love Kwn demonstrates the inseparability of Herbert's theology and poetry. Richard Strier argues persuasively for a strongly Protestant Herbert who shared Luther's sense of the primacy of the doctrine of justification by faith. Cutting across traditional lines, the book is the first sustained study of the theological basis of Herbert's poetry, pointing out connections between Herbert and the Protestant left of his own and the following era.In each chapter, Strier closely analyzes a coherent group of Herbert's lyrics to reveal the theological motives of their movements and design. When placed in a theological context, the poems come into focus in a remarkable way: many hitherto puzzling or unticed details are clarified, some neglected poems emerge into prominence, and familiar poems like Love (III) and The Collar take on new cogency. The chapters build on one ather, moving from the darker implications of faith alone, the insistence on the pervasiveness of sin and pride, to the comforting implications of the doctrine, the assertion of the possibility of freedom from anxiety, and the defense of individual experience. Love Kwn thus offers t only a new historical approach to Herbert, but a new appreciation of the relationship between the psychological realism and human appeal of the lyrics and their theological core.
- Author BiographyRichard Strier is the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English and the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Among his other books is The Historical Renaissance: New Essays on Tudor and Stuart Literature and Culture, edited with Heather Dubrow and published by the University of Chicago Press.
- Author(s)Richard Strier
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication01/10/1986
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight424 g
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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