Literature of the English Revolution Poetry Of The English Revolution - Essay

Poetry Of The English Revolution

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Douglas Bush (essay date 1945)

SOURCE: "Jonson, Donne, and Their Successors," in English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660, Clarendon Press, 1945, pp. 104-69.

[In the following excerpt, Bush surveys the work of several metaphysical poets who wrote as the revolutionary crisis in England developed. He notes their religious affiliations and the ways in which those beliefs influenced their poetry.]

… No one turned so completely away from human to divine love as the author of The Temple (1633).1 Herbert may not electrify the nerves and the imagination so often or so startlingly as Donne, but, instead of...

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