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Thomas Traherne

Robert Ellrodt

in Seven Metaphysical Poets: A Structural Study of the Unchanging Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117384
eISBN:
9780191670923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Thomas Traherne lived in space rather than in time, for his mind took possession of space. His mode of composition and his style are in harmony with his imagination of space and time. A passion for ... More


Edward Herbert of Cherbury and Thomas Traherne: From Self-Reflexivity to Solipsism?

Robert Ellrodt

in Seven Metaphysical Poets: A Structural Study of the Unchanging Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117384
eISBN:
9780191670923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

A combined survey of Edward Herbert's prose works and his rather slender corpus of poetry sheds some light on the emergence of his mode of self-reflexivity. Herbert found it absurd to assume that ... More


From Creation to Birth

Timothy M. Harrison

in Coming To: Consciousness and Natality in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226725093
eISBN:
9780226725260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226725260.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines Thomas Traherne’s relationship to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, showing how the younger poet repeatedly reworks Milton’s scenes of awakening in his poetry and prose. Importing ... More


Thomas Traherne: Sensuous Idealism

Robert Ellrodt

in Seven Metaphysical Poets: A Structural Study of the Unchanging Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117384
eISBN:
9780191670923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Just as his reflexive awareness of the natural phenomenon of perception turns into a rapturous delight at the possibility of a spiritual possession of the world, ecstasies of divine love at once ... More


In Utero

Timothy M. Harrison

in Coming To: Consciousness and Natality in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226725093
eISBN:
9780226725260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226725260.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Using John Donne’s Metempsychosis as a frame to relate the long history of embryologists—from Aristotle and Galen to Hieronymous Fabricius—arguing against the possibility of fetal sensation, this ... More


Seven Metaphysical Poets: A Structural Study of the Unchanging Self

Robert Ellrodt

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117384
eISBN:
9780191670923
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This study of seven poets challenges the postmodernist assumption that no definite or constant self can be traced in the works of a writer. Distinct modes of self-awareness, different emphases in the ... More


God is Love: Johannine and Early Modern Devotional Poetry

Paul Cefalu

in The Johannine Renaissance in Early Modern English Literature and Theology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198808718
eISBN:
9780191848063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808718.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The fourth chapter describes the extent to which Augustine as well as a broad group of early modern homilists and poets were influenced by the ontological conception of love described in John’s First ... More


Cambridge Platonists and the Miltonic Heritage

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The tradition of prisca theologia and the Corpus Hermeticum are Pico della Mirandola instrumental in revival of preexistence. Real flowering is under the Cambridge Platonists, especially Henry More, ... More


Layers of Nature in Thomas Traherne and John Muir: Numinous Beauty, Onto-theology, and the Polyphony of Tradition

Bruce V. Foltz

in The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254644
eISBN:
9780823261024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254644.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

It was Heidegger who first advocated a de-structuring (Destruktion) or deconstruction of the Western tradition as necessary for a retrieval of more originary layers (the phenomena themselves) that ... More


New Perceptions of Time and Space?

Robert Ellrodt

in Seven Metaphysical Poets: A Structural Study of the Unchanging Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117384
eISBN:
9780191670923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The 17th century was a period of transition traversed by crosscurrents, and the originality of the English metaphysical poets proceeded from the very diversity of their modes of thought. Alongside ... More


Introduction: Beginnings

Timothy M. Harrison

in Coming To: Consciousness and Natality in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226725093
eISBN:
9780226725260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226725260.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The Introduction situates the protagonists of Coming To (René Descartes, John Milton, Thomas Traherne, and John Locke) in relation to a shared but distinct commitment to the experience of absolute ... More


Introduction: The Singularity of the Self and its Revelation

Robert Ellrodt

in Seven Metaphysical Poets: A Structural Study of the Unchanging Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117384
eISBN:
9780191670923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This book is about seven metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Edward Herbert, and Thomas Traherne. It focuses on the structures which ... More


Coming To: Consciousness and Natality in Early Modern England

Timothy M. Harrison

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226725093
eISBN:
9780226725260
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226725260.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Coming To argues that poetry played a central but forgotten role in the seventeenth-century invention of the concept of consciousness. The story of consciousness’s emergence is usually told in a ... More


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