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Poetic Priesthood in the Seventeenth Century

Reformed Ministry and Radical Verse

Tessie Prakas

Poetic Priesthood in the Seventeenth Century

Poetic Priesthood in the Seventeenth Century

Reformed Ministry and Radical Verse

Poetic Priesthood in the Seventeenth Century

 

Studies the extent to which seventeenth-century devotional poetry moves beyond specific confessional and ecclesiastical frameworks, and argues that John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, and John Milton turned to verse to articulate a radical idea of religious devotion as distinct from the established church.


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Beschrijving Poetic Priesthood in the Seventeenth Century

Poetic Priesthood reads seventeenth-century devotional verse as staging a surprising competition between poetry and the established church. The work of John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, John Milton, and Thomas Traherne suggests that the demands of faith are better understood by poets than by priests—even while four of these authors were also ordained. While recent scholarship has tended to emphasize the shaping influence of the liturgy on the
poetry of this period, this book argues that verse instead presents readers with a mode of articulating piety that relies on formal experimentation, and that varies from the forms of the church rather than straightforwardly reproducing them. In crafting this poetic aid to devotion, these authors practiced an
alternative and even more ample form of ministry than in their ecclesiastical activities.

In the wake of the Reformation, the liturgy of the English church centered on rituals of communal prayer and praise, but the poetry considered in this study suggests that such rituals in fact risk distracting worshippers from the pleasures and challenges of navigating an individual relationship with God. Yet these poets do not make this suggestion by rejecting communal rituals outright. Their verse invokes ecclesiastical practice as a basis for formal innovation that suggests how intimacy with
the divine might look, feel, and sound, connecting humans with their God more precisely and more individually than the liturgy can. As they shift between explicit comment on the liturgy and more subtle departures from it in the interplay of verse form and denotation, these authors claim the work of
priesthood for poetry.


ISBN
9780192857125
Pagina's
272
Verschijnt
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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