A Revelation of Conflict and Spiritual Devotion
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This paper examines George Herbert's poetry, written during the 17th century which is reflective of the strong biblical and liturgical themes that were ever present in much Renaissance art and literature during this time. It looks at how he dedicated his poetic abilities and verse to God as early as 1610, when he sent two sonnets to his mother claiming his power the result of divine intervention. He claimed that his love of God was a more worthy subject for verse than the love of a woman. It discusses how Herbert was well known during his time for his humility and charity and how his work reveals undeniable undertones of despair and inner mental struggle or conflict. It analyzes how this inner conflict is present in his poems "The Altar" "Love III" "Denial" and "Sin I" and how his poems illustrate this mercurial behavior both in tone and in structure.
From the Paper:"All of the work created by Herbert reflects in some way an inner conflict or mental torture that the poet must have been feeling throughout his life. Perhaps this was due in part, as mentioned previous to the death of his father early in life. A sense of loss and loneliness, of despair despite much love and affection (which he must have received from his large family and mother) is apparent in most of these poems. Themes liturgical and repentant in nature are also prevalent throughout his work. Not one of Herbert's poems fails to mention God, spiritual devotion and the weakness of man."
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