John Donne and the Seventeenth-Century Metaphysical Poets

By Harold Bloom | Go to book overview

BARBARA K. LEWALSKI
Thomas Traherne: Naked Truth,
Transparent Words, and the
Renunciation of Metaphor

Traherne included extracts from Donne's sermons in his Church's Year‐ Book, as well as the whole of Herbert's poem, "To all Angels and Saints." Moreover, Traherne's poems, rediscovered in 1896 after falling into oblivion for more than two centuries, were first ascribed to Vaughan.Yet despite these links, both Traherne's theology and his part appear to set him apart from the major strain of seventeenth-century Protestant poetry and poetics.

His most striking departure from the Protestant consensus is his ecstatic celebration of infant innocence, which all but denies original sin as an hereditary taint, ascribing its effects chiefly to corruption by the world as the infant matures. His Neoplatonic conception of man's dignity and unlimited spiritual potential (often echoing Pico, Hermes Trismegistus, Theophilus Gale, and the Cambridge Platonists) is grounded upon the conviction that man's will is free and that he may always choose to live within the spiritual rather than the mundane order. Also Neoplatonic (and some feel, mystical) is Traherne's celebration of vision as the means whereby Christians may experience even now the bliss of eternity. In all this, Traherne seems to abandon the fundamental Protestant paradigm of the spiritual life with its Pauline classifications and its metaphors of struggle and pilgrimage. He seems also to avoid the Protestant emphasis upon providential history, which tends to assimilate individual Christian lives to typological patterns. Instead, as Stanley Stewart has noted, Traherne's pervasive imagery of cir-

____________________
From Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric. © 1979 by Princeton University Press.

-225-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
John Donne and the Seventeenth-Century Metaphysical Poets
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 274

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.