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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141043407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141043401
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incomparable. Drury triumphantly delivers the goods ... artfully weaving the poetry through the life (Diarmaid MacCulloch Daily Telegraph)

Excellent, captivating, full of moving detail. A terrific book about a remarkable poet (Sally Vickers Independent)

Dazzling (David Grylls Sunday Times)

About the Author

John Drury is Chaplain and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He began as a biblical scholar, and while Dean of King's College, Cambridge, worked with Frank Kermode on the Gospels for The Literary Guide to the Bible. As Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, he studied Christian paintings and their meaning in Painting the Word. Music at Midnight is the culmination of a lifetime's interest in Herbert, whose Complete Poetry Drury is now editing for Penguin Classics.


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John Drury tells us that Simone Weil considered Herbert's poem 'Love III' (Love bade me welcome...) to be the most beautiful poem in the world. It is the work of a man, he says, "who valued common experience, common sense and courtesy so highly as to collect 1,184 proverbs - at the same time a mystic for whom the actuality of immediate religious experience mattered intensely, and more than orthodox doctrine".
In this inspiring biography Drury balances and integrates the known details of George Herbert's life, with a welcome commentary on his poems. Herbert's English poems were not published till after his death at age 39. And what a collection. He handed the poems over saying that "the picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed betwixt God and my soul..." could be considered for publication if they "may turn to the advantage of any dejected poor soul," (and burnt, if not).
Herbert came from a distinguished family. His mother Magdalen, left widowed with numerous children, married a man 20 years her junior and created 'a salon of witty conversation' at their house in Charing Cross. She was lauded by many talented people, including John Donne. Young George's love of music was enhanced by guests such as William Byrd and John Bull.

George became the public orator at Cambridge, and placated King James with his rhetoric. He wrestled with his own attraction towards academic success and a vocation as a priest, an unusual choice then for a man of his noble background. His health was not good. Poems such as 'Affliction' express his bitter-sweet ambivalence towards the achievements and circumstances of life, his rebellion and bafflement with God, and his love. He enjoyed 3 happy years of married life.
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An outstandingly well written and sympathetic life of one of our greatest poets, showing how his life and his faith and his poetry form one complex unity. Drury writes with the same subtle simplicity as does Herbert himself. A must.
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For general reader or academic this is an excellent introduction to George Herbert. It sets the poems in the context, so far as possible, of his life and discusses his writings in detail. Academics might sometimes find the glosses on technical terms irritating but the general reader may be grateful for the enlightenment. Drury's discussion of the poems is illuminating and enriches our experience and understanding. Even those who normally are turned off by poetry in general or religious poetry in particular will enjoy this insight into Jacobean life and literature
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Biography did I say? Well George Herbert lived a very uneventful life and died at forty. John Drury's solution is to concentrate on the poems, and this is as much a biography of the poetry as the man. But it works well. Drury is an academic who clearly loves the poems and can write well. The book is certainly not an academic tome and the poems are extremely sympathetically discussed. If you like poetry, whether you know much about Herbert or not, this is a very recommendable book.
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This exceptional work is detailed, interesting and explained in such a way that both the scholar and the general reader can take benefit of the author's deep knowledge. Not only is the content of the best, but so is the style. It has been a great pleasure to read.
Having bought it at the pre-publication price and thinking I had a bargain, I found that I would happily have paid over the price, for I now have a treasure.

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George Herbert began as a materially ambitious civil servant with all the intellectual skills at his fingertips. But in the end he rejected the Faustian contact with the devil of pride and became an unselfish poet whose words have comforted down the ages in his hymns and psalms; he found peace at last and offers it to us.
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It is perhaps unlikely that anyone who does not know Herbert's poetry would read this, but the combination of biography and analysis of the poetry makes this both an introduction to the poet's work and a comprehensive look at his life and times. It is readable, well illustrated and sets Herbert within his social and religious context engagingly. There is also much about Donne and other contemporaries for those interested in or studying the Metaphysicals.
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A wonderful exposition of Herbert's life and times. Great insights into the poems with lots of quotations and technical analysis.
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