The <i>Spiritual Exercises</i>: the ‘inward eie’<sup>1</sup>

Anne Sweeney

in Robert Southwell

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074189
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701195 | DOI:
The Spiritual Exercises: the ‘inward eie’1

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This chapter considers the influence of Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises on Southwell. It first discusses Southwell's religious training, which made him aware of the presence of the angelic, and allowed him to express it accordingly in his poetry. The chapter shows that it is the encouragement to express and study personal feeling that makes Exercises useful to an examination of the creation in English poetry of a new psychological realism and emotional integrity. It then considers the core experience of Exercises and stresses that Ignatius presented an understanding of the psychological processes involved in self-analysis.

Keywords: Spiritual Exercises; religious training; angelic; personal feeling; English poetry; psychological realism; emotional integrity; core experience; psychological processes; self-analysis

Chapter.  10814 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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