Eucharist and the Poetic Imagination in Early Modern England (Ideas in Context)

Eucharist and the Poetic Imagination in Early Modern England (Ideas in Context)

Sophie Read


The Reformation replaced without end how the sacrament of the Eucharist was once understood. This examine of six canonical early glossy lyric poets strains the literary afterlife of what was once one of many maximum doctrinal shifts in English background. Sophie learn argues that the stream from a literal to a figurative realizing of the word 'this is my physique' exerted a robust innovative pull on successive generations. to demonstrate this, she examines intimately the paintings of Southwell, Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Vaughan and Milton, who among them characterize a large diversity of doctrinal and confessional positions, from the Jesuit Southwell to Milton's heterodox Puritanism. separately, every one bankruptcy examines how Eucharistic rules are expressed via a selected rhetorical trope; jointly, they remove darkness from the ongoing significance of the Eucharist's transformation good into the 17th century - now not easily as an issue of doctrine, yet as a rhetorical and poetic mode.

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