Music at Midnight
This &“powerfully absorbing&” biography of 17th century Welsh poet George Herbert brings essential personal and social context to his immortal poetry (Financial Times). Though he never published any of his English poems during his lifetime, George Herbert has been celebrated for centuries as one of the greatest religious poets in the language. In this richly perceptive biography, author and theologian John Drury integrates Herbert&’s poems fully into his life, enriching our understanding of both the poet&’s mind and his work. As Drury writes in his preface, Herbert lived &“a quiet life with a crisis in the middle of it.&” Beginning with his early academic success, Drury chronicles the life of a man who abandons the path to a career at court and chooses to devote himself to the restoration of a church in Huntingdonshire and lives out his life as a country parson. Because Herbert&’s work was only published posthumously, it has always been difficult to know when or in what context he wrote his poems. But Drury skillfully places readings of the poems into his narrative, allowing us to appreciate not only Herbert&’s frame of mind while writing, but also the society that produced it. He reveals the occasions of sorrow, happiness, regret, and hope that Herbert captured in his poetry and that led T. S. Eliot to write, &“What we can confidently believe is that every poem . . . is true to the poet&’s experience.&” &“It is hard to imagine a better book for anyone, general reader or seventeenth-century aficionado or teacher or student, newly embarking on Herbert.&”—The Guardian, UK
- 2014 John Drury
- Book Quality:
- The University of Chicago Press
- Date of Addition:
- Biographies and Memoirs, Language Arts, Literature and Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Religion and Spirituality,
- Usage Restrictions:
- This is a copyrighted book.
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