George Herbert And The English Sonnet Sequence Essay

1417 Words Mar 21st, 2016 6 Pages
George Herbert’s Poems are more than simple and are not to be dismissed as being unwitty because they are actually quite full of wit. In the poems “The Altar”, “Easter Wings”, “Love III”, “Redemption”, “Jordan I”, “Prayer I”, and “Paradise” By George Herbert the use of wit is debated. In the secondary sources “In Praise of George Herbert” by Spencer Reece and the article ““Let Wits Contest”: George Herbert and the English Sonnet Sequence” George’s Wit in his poems is analyzed and proven to be true that the poems are more than simplistic. The wit that is in Herbert’s poems goes beyond just the words and the rhymes being complex but the shape of two of the poems is important to the wit. The way words are played with is also important to display the wit of the poem. Through examining each of these poems and the secondary sources examination, the conclusion is that the wit of Herbert’s poems are not obsolete, but extremely clever in his own way.
The poem, “The Altar” by Herbert wit is seen and the wit seen has to do with the shape of the poem and the metaphors used. The shape of the poem itself is the shape of an altar and that is different from other poets who do not shape their poems after the object titled. “The Altar” also shows the journey from outside the church and then inside and then outside again. In Debra Reinstra’s article ““Let Wits Contest”: George Herbert and the English Sonnet Sequence” “The Altar” is analyzed and the author believes that concerning Herbert’s…

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