Share via Email Like many other people, I first came across the work of George Herbert very early in life.
He was one of 10 children. The Herbert family was wealthy and powerful in both national and local government, and George was descended from the same stock as the Earls of Pembroke. His father was a member of parliament, a justice of the peaceand later served for several years as high sheriff and later custos rotulorum keeper of the rolls George herbert shaped poems Montgomeryshire.
His mother Magdalen was a patron and friend of clergyman and poet John Donne and other poets, writers and artists. Herbert entered Westminster School at or around the age of 12 as a day pupil,  although later he became a residential scholar. He was admitted on scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge inand graduated first with a Bachelor's and then with a master's degree in at the age of In he stressed his fluency in Latin and Greek and attained election to the post of the University's Public Oratora position he held until However, his parliamentary career may have ended already because, although a Mr Herbert is mentioned as a committee member, the Commons Journal for never mentions Mr.
George Herbert, despite the preceding parliament's careful distinction. Herbert was presented with the Prebendary of Leighton Bromswold in the Diocese of Lincoln inwhilst he was still a don at Trinity College, Cambridge but not yet ordained.
He was not even present at his institution as prebend as it is recorded that Peter Walker, his clerk, stood in as his proxy. In the same year his close Cambridge friend Nicholas Ferrar was ordained Deacon in Westminster Abbey by Bishop Laud on Trinity Sunday and went to Little Giddingtwo miles down the road from Leighton Bromswold, to found the remarkable community with which his name has ever since been associated.
Herbert raised money including the use of his own to restore the neglected church building at Leighton. Priesthood[ edit ] St Andrew's Church in Bemerton, Wiltshire, where George Herbert served as rector and in which he was buried InHerbert decided to enter the priesthood and was appointed rector of the small rural parish of Fugglestone St Peter with Bemertonnear Salisbury in Wiltshire, about 75 miles south west of London.
Here he lived, preached and wrote poetry; he also helped to rebuild the Bemerton church and rectory out of his own funds. He also wrote a guide to rural ministry entitled A Priest to the Temple or, The County Parson His Character and Rule of Holy Life, which he himself described as "a Mark to aim at", and which has remained influential to this day.
Having married shortly before taking up his post, he and his wife gave a home to three orphaned nieces. Together with their servants, they crossed the lane for services in the small St Andrew's church twice every day.
Having suffered for most of his life from poor health, in Herbert died of consumption only three years after taking holy orders. Thanks to Ferrar, they were published not long after his death.
In all of Herbert's English poems were published in The Temple: The book went through eight editions by All of Herbert's surviving English poems are on religious themes and are characterised by directness of expression enlivened by original but apt conceits in which, in the Metaphysical manner, the likeness is of function rather than visual.
In "The Windows", for example, he compares a righteous preacher to glass through which God's light shines more effectively than in his words. Heart-work and heaven-work make up his books". It has also been pointed out how Herbert uses puns and wordplay to "convey the relationships between the world of daily reality and the world of transcendent reality that gives it meaning.
The kind of word that functions on two or more planes is his device for making his poem an expression of that relationship. The most obvious examples are pattern poems like " The Altar ,"  in which the shorter and longer lines are arranged on the page in the shape of an altar.
The visual appeal is reinforced by the conceit of its construction from a broken, stony heart, representing the personal offering of himself as a sacrifice upon it. Built into this is an allusion to Psalm The words of the poem are paralleled between stanzas and mimic the opening and closing of the wings.
In Herbert's poems formal ingenuity is not an end in itself but is employed only as an auxiliary to its meaning. The formal devices employed to convey that meaning are wide in range.
Opposites are brought together in "Bitter-Sweet" for the same purpose.George Herbert was a Welsh born English poet, orator and Anglican priest.
Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education that led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. Commentary.
The history of shaped or pattern poems goes back to at least B.C., and there were classical Greek examples with which Herbert would undoubtedly have been very familiar; indeed, those depicting altars and wings probably influenced his choice.
George Herbert (3 April – 1 March ) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skillful and important British devotional lyricist.".
Dec 10, · George Herbert's "The Altar" is a "shape" poem, that is, it is placed on the page in such a way as to resemble the subject of the poem. Because the word processing system used on this site will not allow reproduction of a shape poem, I am offering a photograph of the poem as presented by the site, Christian Classics Ethereal Library:Reviews: 2.
Like many other people, I first came across the work of George Herbert very early in life. In church and the school chapel I sang the hymns "Teach me, my God and King", "King of Glory, King of. More Poems by George Herbert. Aaron. By George Herbert. The Affliction (I) By George Herbert.
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See All Poems by this Author The Altar By George Herbert About this Poet Nestled somewhere within the Age of Shakespeare and the Age of Milton is.