The 'Metaphysical' religious poets--Herbert, Crashaw
, and Vaughan.
Paxton's first chapter, "Bridal Desires," surveys the roughly nine-hundred-year history of her central metaphor, beginning with the Brautmystik tradition of the ninth century and working forward through Julian of Norwich and a selection of her thirteenth- and fourteenth-century English contemporaries, post-Reformation Church of England poets such as John Donne and Richard Crashaw
, and, finally, the secularization of bridalism in "Enlightenment-era theorizations of the sublime" (p.
This was true in courses in literature, in which I first encountered serious figures such as John Donne, Paul Claudel, Georges Bernanos, Richard Crashaw
, Evelyn Waugh, Francois Mauriac, and Romano Guardini; in history, in which I first grasped the importance of the Catholic foundations of Western culture; and even in a course on Jewish thought taught by a local Reform rabbi.
Sophie Hacker and Jean Lamb chose the tritptych mode: Lamb's photomontage figure of the Gies Crucifixus opened through the broken body of Christ in the manner of Grunewald's Isenheim altarpiece, while Hacker's torn wooden cross opened its cupboard doors like the poet Crashaw
's 'purple wardrobe' of Christ's side to reveal a lustrous Trinitarian glory.
carols written by the seventeenth-century poets Richard Crashaw
Ford's fellow-poet, Richard Crashaw
, wrote about these two plays: 'Thou cheat'st us Ford, mak'st one seeme two by Art.
After mentioning Richard Crashaw
, the seventeenth-century metaphysical poet whose work is also influenced by Spanish mysticism, Menes asks, "Isn't irreverence a sign of holiness?" Then, as if suggesting religion could be more engaging, Menes states, "If I had my own creed, the Mass / would be a spectacle of gaffes, riddles, puns, tricks, tongue twisters, even slapstick, the Three Stooges my Trinity." He claims, "their liturgy / of jokes the surest path to grace in a fallen world."
She is the sister of George Herbert; she is of the family of Crashaw
, of Vaughan, of Wither." Not one professor of English in a hundred could write those sentences now.
Words by Jeremy Taylor, Isaac Watts, Richard Crashaw
& Robert Bridges.
"Communities and Isolation" examines how plague victims were treated in seventeenth-century Florence (John Henderson) as well as how lepers were treated in early modern Venice (Jane Stevens Crashaw
), Crusader Jerusalem (Rafael Hyacinthe), and late nineteenth- through early twentieth-century Trinidad and Tobago (Rita Pemberton).
For his second-year tutorials (1938-39), he read papers on Crashaw
and Herbert; on Vaughan, Traherne, Herrick, Marvell, and Cowley; on the Dark Ages; on the character book; on King Lear; on the anatomy; and on the history of the language.