Thomas Traherne

Thomas Traherne (trəhûrn´), 1636?–1674, English poet and prose writer, one of the metaphysical poets. He was schooled at Brasenose College, Oxford, and was chaplain to the Lord Keeper from 1667 until his death. His writings express an ardent, childlike love of God and a firm belief in man's relation to the divine. Although Roman Forgeries and Christian Ethicks were published in 1673 and 1675 respectively, his finest work was lost for many years. In 1896 a manuscript of his poetry and prose was discovered in a London bookstall and subsequently was published as Poems (1903) and Centuries of Meditations (1908).

See his poems ed. by A. Ridler (1966); biography by G. I. Wade (1944, repr. 1969); study by A. L. Clements (1969).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Three Metaphysical Poets
Margaret Willy.
The British Council, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Thomas Traherne"
John Donne and the Seventeenth-Century Metaphysical Poets
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Thomas Traherne: Naked Truth, Transparent Words, and the Renunciation of Metaphor" begins on p. 225
Literary Criticisms
Terence L. Connolly; Francis L. Thompson.
E. P. Dutton, 1948
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Thomas Traherne begins on p. 89
The Oxford Book of Christian Verse
David Cecil.
Clarendon Press, 1940
Librarian’s tip: Poems by Thomas Traherne begin on p. 271
A Treasury of Great Poems: English and American
Louis Untermeyer.
Simon & Schuster, 1942
Librarian’s tip: Poems by Thomas Traherne begin on p. 496
The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in An Ecological Age
Norman Wirzba.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Thomas Traherne begins on p. 174
Poetry and Humanism
M. M. Mahood.
Cape, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Thomas Traherne begins on p. 301
The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major 17th-Century British and American Authors
Alan Hager.
Greenwood Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Thomas Traherne (1636?-1674)" begins on p. 332
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