17th Century Poetry, John Donne, Marvell, George Herbert, Sir John Supling...

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The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry by important poets such as John Donne, Marvell, George Herbert, Sir John Supling etc... Just like on the other periods Love was one main theme on their poems. But on 17th century there were also religious themes that it was a bit more important than the other periods. I'll now have a look at the life's of important writers of the period so briefly to have an idea about how their religious backgrounds and writing styles affected the period.George Herbert (1593 - 1633) was one of the most important religious poets of the period. He himself was a priest and we can see some parts of his own life in some of his poems. He rebuilt a church out of his own pocket. He was known as the "Holy Mr. Herbert" after his efforts for his religion and his poor people. So George Herbert was a man so close to his religion and this surely reflected his poetry. He wrote many religious poems. "Affliction" and "The Collar" are my favorites for this famous poet of 17th century.Another poet who is so close to the religious writing is Richard Crashaw (1613 - 1649). He is a phenomenon unique in Anglo-Saxon taste. He was much different than the other poets of all times. He was a follower of George Herbert and he also strongly effected by a school of Jesuit writers of sacred Latin epigrams. One of his most important works "Flaming Heart - Teresa" clearly shows us how a religious point of view and writing style he has. In the story of Teresa, there is a woman who gives all her life to her religion, Christianity; and all the difficulties that she has during her life just because of her Christianity love.Andrew Marvell (1621 - 1678) was a quite man, educated in Cambridge. It is thought that he wrote most of his poems in Nun Appleton house in Yorkshire while he was the tutor of Sir Thomas Fairfax's daughter. Marvell wants to offer his poems to Christ & religion. He says that while writing a poem he has "fame" in his mind.Now we'll look to the Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674), who was a follower of Ben Jonson and even Jonson was his hero. Herrick wrote many poems without making any effort to publish them. On one of his top poems "Corinna's Going A-Maying" he produced a truly major lyric on the central theme of his life. On Corinna's Going A-Maying it's understood that Herrick is bringing all religious things to nature worship. He's partly serious and partly not about it.In this paper, we I won't going to say much about John Donne and Ben Jonson, maybe the most important 2 writer of the period. But as they're the most important 2 writers of the period I'd like to tell also a bit about them. John was born into an Old Catholic family in 1572. He was educated in both Cambridge and Oxford University as well as in Lincoln's Inn. He became an Anglican priest in 1615 and his released his first poem in 1633, just after he died in 1631. Became one of the most important writers of the period as well as the English literature.Ben Jonson is...

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