The Sempiternal Season brings together fourteen essays primarily concerned with seventeenth-century English writers, especially John Donne, George Herbert, John Milton, John Cosin, Joseph Beaumont, and Henry More. It also includes studies of their effect on Christina Rossetti, G.M. Hopkins, and T.S. Eliot. These essays share a desire for discovering the historical and the transcendent moment, the convergence of world and word. They reveal in their sometimes historical, sometimes formalist critical approach a desire to understand literary texts that are, broadly speaking, devotional or involved with religious sensibility.
The Author: P. G. Stanwood is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, having studied also at the University of Mainz, Germany, and at Cambridge University. He has published many articles and reviews in professional journals and edited a number of works, including three books of Richard Hooker's Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity, Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living and Holy Dying, and William Law's A Serious Call.