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Theory and Theology in George Herbert’s Poetry: `Divinitie, and Poesie, Met'

Elizabeth Clarke


In 17th-century England the poet George Herbert became known as ‘Divine Herbert’, his poetry a model for those aspiring to the status of inspired Christian poet. This book explores the relationship between the poetry of George Herbert and the concept of divine inspiration rooted in devotional texts of the time. The book considers three very different treatises read and approved by Herbert: Savonarola’s De Simplicitate Christianae Vitae, Juan de Valdes’s The Hundred and Ten Considerations, and Francois de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life. These authors all saw literary production as impl ... More

Keywords: theology, George Herbert, poetry, 17th-century England, Divine Herbert, Christian poet, divine inspiration, devotional texts, treatises, Holy Spirit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Clarke, author
Nottingham Trent University