The Poetry of Immanence: Sacrament in Donne and Herbert

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University of Toronto Press, 1 janv. 2002 - 216 pages
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In this extensive study of two of the most celebrated seventeenth-century religious poets, Robert Whalen examines the role of sacrament in the formation of early modern religious subjectivity. For John Donne and George Herbert, sacramental topoi became powerful conceptual tools with which to explore both the intersection of spiritual and material aspects of human experience and their competing claims to Christianity. Whalen's argument builds upon his central idea of 'sacramental Puritanism, ' or the effort to cultivate a Calvinist sense of interiority through a fully ceremonial apparatus, and thereby to reconcile the potentially disparate imperatives of sacrament and devotion.

Unique in its combination of current historiography and informed analysis, its attention to the sacramental features of Donne's 'secular' lyrics, and its advancement of sacramental thought as an important element of Renaissance English culture, The Poetry of Immanence illuminates a crucial dimension of the work of two major Stuart writers. In his comprehensive critical readings, Whalen offers a substantial contribution to the increasing study of religious themes and devotion in the literature of the early modern period.

 

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Table des matières

Secular Verse of the Religious Man Donne and Sacrament at Play
22
Sacrament and Grace
61
Eating the Word Donnes 1626 Christmas Sermon
83
Hearts Altar Herbert and Presence
110
Sacramental Puritanism Herberts English via media
127
Poetry and Self The Eucharistic Art of Devotion
149
Sacramental Poetics
168
Notes
179
Works Cited
199
Index
207
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Page 19 - Augustine saith, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ ; yet in no wise are they partakers of Christ, but rather, to their condemnation, do eat and drink the sign or sacrament of so great a thing.
Page 18 - But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy; Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood ; and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

À propos de l'auteur (2002)

Robert Whalen is a lecturer in English at the University of Toronto where he teaches courses in Seventeenth-Century Literature, Shakespeare, and Narrative.

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