George Herbert was born in 1593, the fifth son of Richard Herbert of Montgomery and Magdalene Herbert, to whom John Donne dedicated his elegy ‘Autumnal Beauty’. He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was appointed Reader in Rhetoric in 1618 and Public Orator in 1620. Herbert was an excellent Greek and Latin scholar and was fluent in Italian, Spanish and French; he was also an accomplished amateur musician. He seemed destined for a great public career and attracted the attention of two powerful and influential figures, the Duke of Richmond and the Marquess of Hamilton, and... Read More
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library On Sale: November 2, 2004 Price: $14.95
George Herbert is one of the most admired of the metaphysical poets. Though profoundly religious, even secular readers respond to his quiet intensity and exuberant inventiveness. Herbert experimented brilliantly with a remarkable variety of forms, from hymns and sonnets to "pattern poems" printed in the shape of their subject. His religious...
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