Monthly Archives: August 2012

Herbert’s Quest for ‘Awareness’ of God

The Temple¬†poems from “Grace” to “Frailtie” focus on Herbert’s desire to possess a heightened awareness of God in his own life. Underlying this desire is his equally deep desire, as a poet, to fulfill the demands of a dual audience … Continue reading

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The Poetic Art and the Spiritual Ideal of Simplicity

It’s no accident that after the prayer of “The Temper II” Herbert should turn in “Jordan I” to a direct discussion of the poetic art in the context of the ideal of simplicity to which he must commit himself if … Continue reading

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