Thomas Traherne

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Thomas Traherne
BirthplaceHereford, England
Poet, author, priest, theologian

Traherne, Thomas

(trəhûrn`), 1636?–1674, English poet and prose writer, one of the metaphysical poetsmetaphysical poets,
name given to a group of English lyric poets of the 17th cent. The term was first used by Samuel Johnson (1744). The hallmark of their poetry is the metaphysical conceit (a figure of speech that employs unusual and paradoxical images), a reliance on
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. He was schooled at Brasenose College, Oxford, and was chaplain to the Lord Keeper from 1667 until his death. His writings express an ardent, childlike love of God and a firm belief in man's relation to the divine. Although Roman Forgeries and Christian Ethicks were published in 1673 and 1675 respectively, his finest work was lost for many years. In 1896 a manuscript of his poetry and prose was discovered in a London bookstall and subsequently was published as Poems (1903) and Centuries of Meditations (1908).


See his poems ed. by A. Ridler (1966); biography by G. I. Wade (1944, repr. 1969); study by A. L. Clements (1969).

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In "My Spirit" (I can never let go of this poem), Thomas Traherne offers his own birth as one such stunning election.
The rediscovered heavenly "lights" in this volume span the period from Robert Southwell and Elizabeth Middleton in the late sixteenth century to Joseph Beaumont and Thomas Traherne towards the end of the seventeenth.
This book looks at the poetry of John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell and Thomas Traherne.
1 Cited from Thomas Traherne, Centuries, Poems, and Thanksgivings, ed.
As poet and priest, Rowan Williams makes his own special contributions and unites with John Donne, George Herbert and Thomas Traherne in singing the praises of the Cross and Altar (pp.
Let me begin with a symptomatic convergence of the geographical imagination and imperial desire from the work of the Restoration poet and mystic, Thomas Traherne.
He claimed in his preface to the edition that he was introducing the reader to a new metaphysical poet, comparable but superior to Henry Vaughan, and a forerunner of Wordsworth--for there was not, he claims, "a thought of any value in Wordsworth's [Immortality] Ode which is not to be found in substance" in the works of the earlier writer (The Poetical Works of Thomas Traherne, lxxviii).
Earlier we'd heard Tabakova's Centuries of Meditations, a choral setting of Thomas Traherne originally composed for the 2012 Hereford Three Choirs Festival.
The proper significance of the 17th-century English poet and religious writer Thomas Traherne, is only beginning to be fully appreciated with the relatively recent discovery and publication of much of his previously lost religious writing.
Gander's earliest such ally is Thomas Traherne, whose recently rescued poem "The Desolateness of Absence" provides him with a mystic Christian analogue for his own phenomenological poetics.
Waking Up in Heaven: A Contemporary Edition of Centuries of Meditations, by Thomas Traherne, edited by David Buresh, Spencerville, Md.