Probably the greatest devotional poet in the English language, Herbert wrote in an intensely personal metaphysical style. Reading him, you realize you are in the presence of a Christ-imbued parson. Now his Latin verse has been newly translated by Victoria Moul. A few of his pieces have even been turned into hymns. 640 pages, softcover. Penguin.
A wonderful edition of Herbert's poetry, edited by his acclaimed biographer John Drury and including elegant new translations of his Latin verse
George Herbert wrote, but never published, some of the very greatest English poetry, recording in an astonishing variety of forms his inner experiences of grief, recovery, hope, despair, anger, fulfilment and - above all else - love. This volume, edited by John Drury, collects Herbert's complete poetry - including such classics of English devotional poetry as 'The Altar', 'Easter-Wings' and 'Love'. It also includes the verse Herbert wrote in Latin, newly translated into English by Victoria Moul.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
GEORGE HERBERT (15931633) served as a member of Parliament before becoming a priest in 1629. After his death, his friend Nicholas Ferrar published his poems under the title The Temple, quickly establishing Herberts fame as a poet.
JOHN DRURY is chaplain and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
VICTORIA MOUL is lecturer in Latin literature and language at Kings College, London.