George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word Poetry and Scripture in S

This book presents a historically and critically nuanced study of George Herbert's biblical poetics. Situating Herbert's work in the context of shifting ideas of biblical mystery, Gary Kuchar shows how Herbert negotiated two competing impulses within post

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Mystery of the Word Poetry and Scripture in Seventeenth-Century England g a ry

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George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word

Gary Kuchar

George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word Poetry and Scripture in Seventeenth-Century England

Gary Kuchar University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

ISBN 978-3-319-44044-6    ISBN 978-3-319-44045-3 (eBook) DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-44045-3 Library of Congress Control Number: 2016962102 © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017 This work is subject to copyright. All rights are solely and exclusively licensed by the Publisher, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmission or information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. The publisher, the authors and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. Neither the ­publisher nor the authors or the editors give a warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein or for any errors or omissions that may have been made. Cover image © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo Cover design by Fatima Jamadar Printed on acid-free paper This Palgrave Macmillan imprint is published by Springer Nature The registered company is Springer International Publishing AG The registered company address is: Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland

For Troy and in memory of my father Joseph Kuchar

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–– References to George Herbert’s English poetry are given in text by line number and are from The English Poems of George Herbert ed. Helen Wilcox (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007). –– References to George Herbert’s prose are given in text by page number and are from The Works of George Herbert ed. F.E. Hutcheson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959). –– References to George Herbert’s Latin poetry are given in text by page number and are from The Latin Poetry of George Herbert: A Bilingual Edition. trans. Mark McCloskey and Paul R.  Murphy (Athens: Ohio UP, 1965). –– Unless noted otherwise, references to the sermons of Lancelot Andrewes are given in text by volume and page number and are from Lancelot Andrewes: Ninety-Six Sermons 5 Volumes (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1841–1843). –– Unless noted otherwise, references to the work of Richard Sibbes are given in text by volume and page number and are from The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes 7 Volumes ed. Alexander Grosart (Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1863). –– References to Edward Herbert