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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance$
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Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823445.001.0001

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Caelica and the Psalms

Caelica and the Psalms

Greville’s Depth

(p.138) 8 Caelica and the Psalms
Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance

Kenneth Graham

Oxford University Press

Like the Old Testament narratives Erich Auerbach analysed in Mimesis, and like the Psalms described by Augustine, Luther, and Calvin, the religious poetry of Greville’s Caelica represents reality in a way that creates a sense of great poetic and theological depth. Time stretches forward and back, giving discrete and apparently empty moments significance as memory and expectation, both as a falling away and as part of a potential fulfilment. Space is both vast and intimate, isolating and connecting. Being has fallen and may degenerate further, but reformation and reunion with God remain possible. Finally, knowing this reality poses a profound challenge to a creature whose sinfulness contains a divinity it both hides and reveals.

Keywords:   Reformation, religious verse, Psalms, time, space, being, knowing

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