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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Minister
George Herbert tends to be eclipsed by the literary supernovae exploding all round him - Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson and so on - but he's still a brilliant star for all that, "our most major minor poet" as John Tobin, who wrote the introduction to this edition, puts it. Herbert looked destined for high office as his family was cultured, wealthy and well-connected, but...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blithering doggrel
A friend thought I'd like this but I don't. It rhymes for goodness sake. Need I say more? Hope not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Minister, 5 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Complete English Poems (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
George Herbert tends to be eclipsed by the literary supernovae exploding all round him - Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson and so on - but he's still a brilliant star for all that, "our most major minor poet" as John Tobin, who wrote the introduction to this edition, puts it. Herbert looked destined for high office as his family was cultured, wealthy and well-connected, but after various patrons died in quick succession he opted for the life of a humble clergyman in deepest Wiltshire. His poetry is devotional but don't let that put you off as it's as clever and lyrical as any of his Renaissance peers, if not more so in the typographical innovations of 'The Altar' and 'Easter-Wings', which anticipate modern experiments in verse-shapes by three-hundred years. This is a beautiful collection in a comprehensively annotated volume. Treat yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 11 July 2012
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I've been reading and re-reading these poems by George Herbert, quoting them to friends and spotting others who read them. I have to go slowly, letting the ideas sink in be grasped, like studying a painting, before moving on. Wonderfully put, with great integrity, insight and humility, accounts of our experience and concerns before God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime poetry., 31 Mar 2013
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At first glance these poems might appear impenetrable, archaic, and of little relevance to today's world. A little perseverance and just a modicum of intelligence will reveal to you some of the most wonderfully timeless, extremely clever and profoundly moving works in all English literature. George Herbert was no ordinary poet. Do give this collection the attention it, and the deeply humane George Herbert, deserves.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blithering doggrel, 17 Dec 2012
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A friend thought I'd like this but I don't. It rhymes for goodness sake. Need I say more? Hope not.
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