George Herbert: Poems

The Christian Influence in Herbert’s Metaphysical Poetry and Ferrabosco’s Music in the English Renaissance College

A cultural and artistic movement blossomed in England from 1588 to 1666 called the English Renaissance. The two most dominant forms of literature of the English Renaissance were drama and poetry. In the 17th century, poetry became more experimental and transcendental, forming metaphysical poetry that dealt with spiritual, intellectual, and philosophical matters, inspired by the conception of the universe and the role of human spirit and existence. Their style went against Elizabethan love poetry, and focused more on how to regard God. George Herbert, a notable metaphysic, wrote poetry to emphasize the relationship between man and God. Connecting with the spiritual enlightenment of the English Renaissance, Herbert’s metaphysical poetry extended beyond the physical world and explored the spiritual world, specifically in relation to and with God, through analysis, intellect, and conceit.

Herbert was an Anglican Christian, which influenced his works. In his poem, “Easter Wings,” he celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. The first line is directly addressed to God, calling him “Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store.” The descriptors “wealth and store” describe the abundance of purity and innocence when God created man. The...

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