Poetry, Signification, and Silence
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.
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