The English Poems of George Herbert

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 4, 2007 - Literary Collections - 740 pages
George Herbert (1593-1633) is widely regarded as the greatest devotional poet in the English language. His volume of poems, The Temple, published posthumously in 1633, became one of the most widely read and influential collections of the seventeenth century. Almost 400 years after they were first published in Cambridge by the 'printers to the Universitie', Cambridge University Press is pleased to present the definitive scholarly edition of Herbert's complete English poems, accompanied by extensive explanatory and textual apparatus. The text is meticulously annotated with historical, literary and biblical information, as well as the modern critical contexts which now illuminate the poems. In addition to the lively introduction and notes, this edition includes a glossary of key words, an index of biblical quotations, and the authentic texts of Herbert's work.
 

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Yes, the other editions are less expensive, but this is the only fully annotated edition, giving you the very best of the scholarly discussion about nearly every line of every poem of Herbert's. If you want to know Herbert, as his best readers do, you will spring for this work. And your appreciation for both Wilcox and Herbert will multiply.  

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Section 1
v
Section 2
x
Section 3
xi
Section 4
xiii
Section 5
xviii
Section 6
xxi
Section 7
xxxvii
Section 8
xli

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About the author (2007)

George Herbert, remembered as one of the greatest of the Metaphysical poets, was born on April 3, 1593 in Montgomery, Wales. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge. Herbert was a Fellow of Trinity, a public orator, the canon of Lincoln Cathedral and a rector in Bemerton. Herbert died on March 1, 1633. On his deathbed, he gave a manuscript of verses called The Temple to his friend, Nicolas Ferrar. Although Herbert wanted the manuscript burned, Ferrar had it published. The poems contained in the manuscript exalt God, but Herbert believed he was committing a sin of pride by creating an artistic work.

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