on 20 December 2000
George Herbert tends to be a forgotten poet, his work seeming less interesting than that of poets such as John Donne, or other metaphysicals. The unquestioning devotion of his work tends to stand against him, as many seek a more intellectual wrestle with faith, rather than an apparently meek acceptance of religion. However, beyond the superficial simplicity of the poetry there is a hidden complexity and beauty that requires close reading and attention for genuine appreciation. If ever there was a poet to be enjoyed on many levels, Herbet is that poet. His poetry can always fill that desire within any reader for elegance and beauty, but beneath it all lies the tortured logic and mesmerising intelligence of a thwarted ambition and genuine love of God. Walton's life of the poet, included in this edition, is an interestingly altered and overly sycophantic account of his life, though its importance cannot be too strongly emphasised in the early and modern understanding of the poet. Highly recommended.