Historical Context

Lyric Poetry

Originally, a lyric poem was one sung to the accompaniment of a lyre, a small stringed instrument...

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Literary Style


Much of the force and grace of "Virtue" come from the device of anaphora, which gives the poem its orderly and...

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Bibliography and Further Reading


Eliot, T. S. "The Metaphysical Poets," in Seventeenth-Century Prose and...

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Compare and Contrast

  • 1630s: Most of England was made up of cities and villages that were integrated with the natural world depicted in Herbert's...

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Topics for Further Study

  • In an essay, discuss whether Herbert's "Virtue" is or is not significant in the twenty-first century.
  • Virtually all...

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What Do I Read Next?

  • "Life," available in Alexander Witherspoon and Frank Warnke's Seventeenth-Century Prose and Poetry (1963), is another poem of...

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