Elizabeth Clarke

in Theory and Theology in George Herbert’s Poetry

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198263982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682698 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs


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This introductory chapter begins by setting out the purpose of the book, which is to explore George Herbert’s success in creating the role for himself of the Reformation poet in unpromising 17th-century circumstances. It then discusses the theological views of George Herbert, critics of Herbert, and issues in literary theory and theology in the 17th century.

Keywords: George Herbert; religious poetry; theology; Christian poet; literary theory

Chapter.  9600 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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