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Gracious laughter : the meditative wit of Edward Taylor

Author: John Gatta
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1989.
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Study of the New England colonial poet, Edward Taylor, and the relationship between his verbal wit and his religious commitment to Puritan belief. Gratt evaluates the anti-utilitarian dimensions and Puritan themes in Taylor's poems to draw larger conclusions about the New England Soul.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Humor
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gatta, John.
Gracious laughter.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1989
(OCoLC)597041547
Named Person: Edward Taylor; Edward Taylor; Edward Taylor; Edward (Schriftsteller Taylor
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gatta
ISBN: 0826207049 9780826207043
OCLC Number: 18464525
Description: xvii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Divinity at play. Another view of the Puritan divine ; Wit's anatomy: from mind to humor ; Taylor's play: reverent parody and the comic imagination --
Pills to purge New England melancholy. The diagnosis of Puritan sorrow ; Wit, meditation, and the word --
From depravity to festival. The aesthetics of depravity ; The problem of audience and expression ; The festal attraction of the Lord's Supper --
The comic design of Gods determinations touching his elect. The character and precursors of Gods determinations ; The divine plot and human parody of creation ; The ludicrous trials of the doubting soul and the unwitting compliance of Satan ; Christ's curious paradise regained --
A festival frame of spirit: the preparatory meditations. The contemplative spark: Taylor's poetic triptych ; Patterns of play in the meditations --
Songs and valedictions: later meditations and other verse. Typological wit and the holy delight of canticles ; Taylor's wit of valediction.
Responsibility: John Gatta.

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Study of the New England colonial poet, Edward Taylor, and the relationship between his verbal wit and his religious commitment to Puritan belief. Gratt evaluates the anti-utilitarian dimensions and Puritan themes in Taylor's poems to draw larger conclusions about the New England Soul.

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