Bertonasco, Marc F. Crashaw and the Baroque. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1971. Considers meditative exercises and the baroque style. Includes a helpful bibliographical essay surveying twentieth century criticism of Crashaw.
Bloom, Harold, ed. John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets. New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2008. Contains criticism written from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries about the work of Crashaw and four other Metaphysical poets.
Low, Anthony. “Richard Crashaw.” The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry, Donne to Marvell, edited by Thomas N. Corns. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Most of the fourteen essays focus on the work of individual poets, including Low’s article about Crashaw. Other essays provide context for these poets’ work by discussing politics, religion, gender politics, genre, and tradition in the early seventeenth century.
Parrish, Paul A. Richard Crashaw. Boston: Twayne, 1980. One of the best places to begin a study of Crashaw. Surveys Crashaw’s life and the historical and cultural context of his poetry, provides close readings of his poems, and includes a thorough bibliography.
Reid, David. The Metaphysical Poets. Harlow, England: Longman, 2000. Chapter 3 focuses on Crashaw, discussing his life and his poetry and interpreting his work from the...
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