Henry Vaughan

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Vaughan, Henry

(vôn), 1622–95, one of the English 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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. Born in Breconshire, Wales, he signed himself Silurist, after the ancient inhabitants of that region. After leaving Oxford, where he did not take a degree, he turned to the study of law. Later he switched to medicine and spent his life as a highly respected physician. His greatest poetry is contained in Silex Scintillans (1650; second part, 1655), which includes "The Ascension Hymn," "The World," "Quickness," "The Retreat," and "They are all gone into the world of light." Though he openly admitted his indebtedness to George HerbertHerbert, George,
1593–1633, one of the English metaphysical poets. Of noble family, he was the brother of Baron Herbert of Cherbury. He was graduated from Cambridge.
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, where Herbert celebrates the institution of the Church, Vaughan is more interested in natural objects and in a mystical communion with nature. Vaughan's other works include Poems (1646), Olor Iscanus (1651), Thalia Rediviva (1678), The Mount of Olives (1652), and Flores Solitudinis (1654).


See edition of his works edited by L. C. Martin (2d ed. 1957); complete poems edited by A. Rudrum (1981); biography by F. E. Hutchinson (1947); studies by E. Holmes (1932, repr. 1967), R. Garner (1959), R. A. Durr (1962), T. O. Calhoun (1981).

Vaughan, Henry

(1846–1917) architect; born in Cheshire, England. In 1881 he emigrated to Boston, where he led the "Boston Gothicists," designing primarily churches and schools. His late American Gothic Revival influenced Ralph Adams Cram, among others.
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Deborah Washington; Hazel Gilbert; James Hough; Rohan Hartshorn; Duncan Bain; Henry Vaughan
Thomas Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, and Thomas a Kempis for his theology; to Dante, Milton, and Bunyan for his imagination; and to the seventeenth-century metaphysical poets--George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, and John Donne--for his devotional meditative poetry.
She sees writers like Milton, Andrew Marvell, Henry Vaughan, Margaret Cavendish, Thomas Traherne, George Herbert, and Anne Finch responding to revolutions in science and religion in ways that create a new language of nature.
The poems in Not Even Death reflect the seventeenth-century English religious poets, principally George Herbert and Henry Vaughan.
In 1655 Henry Vaughan of Llansantffraed, near Brecon wrote a Sonnet to the Salmon - in Latin - to be translated later into English.
In the 17th century, Henry Vaughan writing in Latin penned a beautiful sonnet about the salmon culminating with this memorable line: The weir is the world, the salmon, man, and the feather, deceit.
Henry Vaughan from Crickhowell had a similar notion when he encapsulated what it is all about in the final line of his sonnet - "The weir is the world; the salmon, man; and the feather, deceit".
Most intensive, and successful, is the treatment of Henry Vaughan, with its suggestion that by the end of 1650 Vaughan was girding up again for sedition.
In Immortal Words and Immortal Last Words I featured Gildas, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Black Bart Roberts, Idris Davies, David Lloyd George, Dylan Thomas, Sir Richard Steele, David Owen, Bertrand Russell, Gareth Jones, Thomas Jefferson and Dr David Kelly among others, making sure that Wales is publicised.
Tretower Court was the long-standing home of the Vaughan family, one of whom was Henry Vaughan, the celebrated 17th-century metaphysical poet.
As his title suggests, Ellrodt focuses his study on the seven writers traditionally referred to as the "metaphysicals": John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Edward Herbert, and Thomas Trahere.
The Henry Vaughan circular walk developed by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is a gentle and scenic route through the Talybont Valley, with new benches, stiles and way-marking and interactive swing posts bearing excerpts from the 17th-century poet Henry Vaughan and his twin brother - and fellow poet - Thomas.