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    DescriptionFor the first time, John Drury convincingly integrates the life and poetry of George Herbert, giving us in Music at Midnight the definitive biography of the man behind some of the most famous poems in the English Language. 'Love bade me welcome...' 'Teach me my God and King...' 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. He was born in 1593 and died at the age of 39 in 1633, before the clouds of civil war gathered, his family aristocratic and his upbringing privileged. He showed worldly ambition and seemed sure of high public office and a career at court, but then for a time 'lost himself in a humble way', devoting himself to the restoration of the church at Leighton Bromswold in Buckinghamshire and then to his parish of Bemerton, three miles from Salisbury, whose cathedral music he called 'my heaven on earth'. When in the year of his death his friend Nicholas Ferrar, leader of the quasi-monastic community at Little Gidding, published Herbert's poems under the title The Temple, his fame was quickly established. Because he published no English poems during his lifetime, and dating most of them exactly is impossible, writing Herbert's biography is an unusual challenge. In this book John Drury sets the poetry in the whole context of the poet's life and times, so that the reader can understand the frame of mind and kind of society which produced it, and depth can be added to the narrative of Herbert's life. (T.S. Eliot: 'What we can confidently believe is that every poem in the book [The Temple] is in tune to the poet's experience'). His Herbert is not the saintly figure who has come down to us from John Aubrey, but a man torn for much of his life between worldly ambition and the spiritual life shown to us so clearly through his writings. The result is the most satisfying biography of this exceptional English poet yet written. John Drury is Chaplain and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He began as a biblical scholar, and while Dean of King's College, Cambridge, worked with Frank Kermode on the Gospels for The Literary Guide to the Bible, which sharpened his sense of the role of imagination in the formation of the Gospel stories. He took this interest further, and into the realm of Christian paintings and their meaning, in Painting the Word, written while he was Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Music at Midnight is the culmination of a lifetime's interest in Herbert, whose Complete Poetry he is now editing for Penguin Classics.


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    Title
    Music at Midnight
    Subtitle
    The Life and Poetry of George Herbert
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Drury
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 700 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846142482
    ISBN 10: 1846142482
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC subject category V2: DSBD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130, LIT019000
    DC23: 821.3
    Thema V1.0: DNBL, DSC, DSB
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    29 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Drury is Chaplain and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He began as a biblical scholar, and while Dean of King's College, Cambridge, worked with Frank Kermode on the Gospels for The Literary Guide to the Bible, which sharpened his sense of the role of imagination in the formation of the Gospel stories. He took this interest further, and into the realm of Christian paintings and their meaning, in Painting the Word, written while he was Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Music at Midnight is the culmination of a lifetime's interest in Herbert, whose Complete Poetry he is now editing for Penguin Classics.