Berman, Ronald. Henry King and the Seventeenth Century. London: Chatto & Windus, 1964. King is presented in this study as embodying some of the paradoxes of the seventeenth century. It includes a biography and an in-depth look at King’s world, his political and social philosophies, as well as an analysis of his poetry. Examples are used extensively, and notes and bibliography follow the text.
Crum, Margaret, ed. The Poems of Henry King. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1965. The introduction to this collection provides a biography, a short discussion of the poems, and notes on the original texts. The poems themselves are followed by notes and appendixes.
Keeble, N. H. Review of The Sermons of Henry King (1592-1669), Bishop of Chichester, edited by Mary Hobbs. Notes and Queries 40, no. 4 (December, 1993): 550. Keeble provides some biographical and historical information in an assessment of Hobbs’s collection of King’s sermons.
Tuve, Rosamund. Elizabethan and Metaphysical Imagery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1947. This is a study of the imagery employed by the Elizabethan and Metaphysical poets of the English Renaissance. The analysis stresses the intellectual, sensual, and charming aspects of the imagery. King and other poets as recent as William Butler Yeats are covered in the discussion.
Wallace, John M., ed. The Golden and the Brazen World: Papers in Literature and History, 1650-1800. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985. This collection contains an essay by Cleanth Brooks on King’s “The Exequy” and “The Legacy” titled “Need Clio Quarrel with Her Sister Muses? The Claims of Literature and History” (pp. 1-15). The essayist takes a biographical approach and gives a close reading of “The Exequy.” He discusses seventeenth century theological beliefs, burial customs, and King’s life and literary career to illuminate the poem in the light of its historical roots.