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Comparative Essays on the Poetry and Prose of John Donne and George Herbert: Combined Lights
edited by Russell M. Hillier and Robert W. Reeder
contributions by Danielle A. St Hilaire, Christopher T. Hodgkins, Helen Wilcox, Kirsten Stirling, Angela Balla, Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Kimberly Johnson, Greg Miller, Robert W. Reeder and Kate Narveson
University of Delaware Press, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-64453-227-0 | eISBN: 978-1-64453-225-6 | Paper: 978-1-64453-226-3
Library of Congress Classification PR2248.C645 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 821.3

This book brings together ten essays on John Donne and George Herbert composed by an international group of scholars. The volume represents the first collection of its kind to draw close connections between these two distinguished early modern thinkers and poets who are justly coupled because of their personal and artistic association. The contributors' distinctive new approaches and insights illuminate a variety of topics and fields while suggesting new directions that future study of Donne and Herbert might take. Some chapters explore concrete instances of collaboration or communication between Donne and Herbert, and others find fresh ways to contextualize the Donnean and Herbertian lyric, carefully setting the poetry alongside discourses of apophatic theology or early modern political theory, while still others link Herbert's verse to Donne's devotional prose. Several chapters establish specific theological and aesthetic grounds for comparison, considering Donne and Herbert's respective positions on religious assurance, comic sensibility, and virtuosity with poetic endings. 
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