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The poetry of immanence : sacrament in Donne and Herbert /
Robert Whalen.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2002.
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xxi, 216 p. ; 24 cm.
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0802036597 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2002.
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0802036597 :
general note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Toronto, 1999.
catalogue key
4770576
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-207) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-06-01:
Whalen (Northern Michigan Univ.) examines the ways Donne and Herbert handled the sacrament. Both approached sacramental topoi as "conceptual tools with which to explore both the intersection of spiritual and material aspects of human experience and their competing claims to Christianity." In part 1, the author demonstrates how Donne related sacrament to the profane aspects of his poetic experience: "Interest in sacramental ideas is most evident ... not in the religious poems and sermons but ... in the 'secular' love lyrics, elegies, satires, and verse epistles." By combining the Eucharist "with a variety of analogous but ostensibly nonreligious concerns[,] Donne ... tests the limits of an incarnational poetics." In part 2,Whalen argues that "Herbert's verse, though highly self-conscious and introspective, is ... immersed in the affective somatic imagery of sacrament and ceremony, perfecting the integration of external and internal aspects of religious experience only partially realized by Donne." Along with Theresa DiPasquale (Literature & Sacrament: The Sacred and the Secular in John Donne, CH, Apr'00), Whalen aims to rehabilitate and reinvigorate the study of sacrament. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. M. W. Price Grove City College
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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 Immanenceilluminates 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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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.
Description for Reader
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 Immanenceilluminates 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction: The Eucharist and the English Reformationp. 3
Secular Verse of the Religious Man: Donne and Sacrament at Playp. 22
Sacrament and Gracep. 61
Eating the Word: Donne's 1626 Christmas Sermonp. 83
Heart's Altar: Herbert and Presencep. 110
Sacramental Puritanism: Herbert's English via mediap. 127
Poetry and Self: The Eucharistic Art of Devotionp. 149
Conclusion: Sacramental Poeticsp. 168
Notesp. 179
Works Citedp. 199
Indexp. 209
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