New Perspectives on the Life and Art of Richard Crashaw

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John Richard Roberts
University of Missouri Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 234 pages

Richard Crashaw (1612/13-1649) has been one of the most neglected, misunderstood, misread, and unappreciated of the so-called major metaphysical poets. Critics have long labeled Crashaw's poetry “foreign,” “grotesque,: “deficient in judgment and taste,” and even “sexually perverse.” In recent years, however, Crashaw's role in providing an understanding and appreciation of seventeenth century poetic theory and aesthetics has become increasingly more evident to literary scholars and critics. They now generally agree that his poetry occupies a permanent and significant position in the intellectual, religious, and literary history of his time.

This collection of ten original critical and historical essays on the life and art of Crashaw will serve as a further impetus to the renewed interest in Crashaw. In the introduction, John R. Roberts and Lorraine M. Roberts survey past Crashavian criticism, giving the reader an overall view of the critical response to Crashaw and his work. The introduction also signals new directions for future scholarship. Scholars, critics, and students of metaphysical, baroque, and religious poetry will find these essays engaging and insightful.

 

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Contents

CRASHAW AND BIBLICAL POETICS
30
CRASHAW AND THE SENSE OF HISTORY
49
CRASHAWS SACRED VOICE
66
CRASHAW AND THE DIVA
80
CRASHAWS SANCTA MARIA DOLORUIM
99
O SWEET CONTEST
127
CRASHAW TERESA AND THE WORD
140
CROOKED CROSSES IN DONNE AND CRASHAW
157
WHO WAS THE RECIPIENT
174
A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
215
NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUITORS
229
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About the author (1990)

John R. Roberts is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. he is the author of John Donne: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 1912-1967, John Donne: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 1968-1978, Richard Crashaw: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism, 1632-1980, and George Herbert: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, Revised Edition, 1905-1984, all of which are available from the University of Missouri Press. He is also general editor of the commentary for the forthcoming variorum edition of the poetry of John Donne.

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