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Theory and Theology in George Herbert’s Poetry`Divinitie, and Poesie, Met'$
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Elizabeth Clarke

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263982.001.0001

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Poetry, Signification, and Silence

(p.268) Conclusion
Theory and Theology in George Herbert’s Poetry

Elizabeth Clarke

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters. It considers poems which posit two separate discourses within Herbert’s poetry, one human and fallible, one authoritative and possibly divine. The intention seems to be that the latter should validate the former: if Herbert is open to God’s correction in his poetry, the poems which experience no such correction must be divinely sanctioned. It also discusses Herbert’s awareness of the dilemmas and contradictions embodied in the various models of Christian authorship available to him.

Keywords:   George Herbert, poetry, representation, communication, divine Word

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