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Thomas Traherne : mystic and poet.

Author: Keith W Salter
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, [1965, ©1964]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is not primarily a work of literary criticism, nor would I claim to have made any significantly new contribution to our knowledge of the beliefs and modes of thought of seventeenth-century England. There is certainly an interest today in mysticism, a scholarly and a popular interest, but my concern lies chiefly in pointing out those qualities in the works of Thomas Traherne which may, in a real sense, be  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Traherne; Thomas Traherne
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith W Salter
OCLC Number: 359606
Description: 142 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The life of Thomas Traherne --
The spiritual progress --
The limitations of Traherne's mystical experience --
The illumination of Traherne --
Traherne and his times --
The great hierophant --
The imagery of Traherne --
Traherne and the 'De Diligendo Deo' of St. Bernard of Clairvaux --
Traherne and a romantic heresy --
Appendix I. The discovery of the 'Poems' and 'Centuries' --
Appendix II. List of the published and unpublished writings of Traherne.

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"This book is not primarily a work of literary criticism, nor would I claim to have made any significantly new contribution to our knowledge of the beliefs and modes of thought of seventeenth-century England. There is certainly an interest today in mysticism, a scholarly and a popular interest, but my concern lies chiefly in pointing out those qualities in the works of Thomas Traherne which may, in a real sense, be of use to a reader in our present times. That is to say, I wish to emphasize in Traherne the dignity of what Keats called the 'Life of Sensations', to explore the meaning of a word now, in some ways, debased, the word, enjoyment, and to attempt to make clear what may be the consequences of that most difficult of virtues, a genuine humility." - Preface [by] K. W. Salter, University of Exeter, June 1964.

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