All Possible Art: George Herbert's "The Country Parson" (Hardback)Kristine A. Wolberg (author)
Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 30/11/2008
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Long studied for historical, biographical, or sociological purposes, George Herbert's "The Country Parson" has not received the literary appreciation it deserves. Through a literary analysis exploring genre, themes, topics, emphasis, context, and models, this study finds "The Country Parson" to be a carefully conceived and executed piece of literary prose. Herbert wrote this work after the popular Renaissance courtesy book rather than in the more common homiletic style of contemporary clerical manuals. While his techniques for artful self-fashioning might have been borrowed from the pages of Castiglione or Della Casa, his purposes could not. Herbert believed in the mimetic effects of outer behavior in shaping the inner man. In "The Country Parson" Herbert used 'all possible art' to both describe and inspire the 'Form and Character of a true Pastour', that he and his fellow clergy may have a 'Mark to aim at'. Kristine Wolberg is an independent scholar.
Publisher: Associated University Presses
Number of pages: 168
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