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Sinful self, saintly self : the Puritan experience of poetry, Jeffrey A. Hammond

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Sinful self, saintly self : the Puritan experience of poetry
Title
Sinful self, saintly self
Title remainder
the Puritan experience of poetry
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Jeffrey A. Hammond
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Language
eng
Summary
Sinful Self, Saintly Self is a comprehensive study of early New England verse in light of Puritan notions regarding the nature and uses of poetry. Through a new historical reading of three major Puritan poets - Michael Wigglesworth, Anne Bradstreet, and Edward Taylor - Jeffrey Hammond reconstructs this aesthetic framework using Puritan theology, artistic and exegetical traditions deriving from the Bible, and Puritan assumptions about the psychology of the saved soul. Despite the current resurgence of interest in early American literature, Puritan poetry remains only dimly understood and appreciated. With the exception of Edward Taylor's Preparatory Meditations and Anne Bradstreet's personal lyrics, it is often viewed as a poetry of gloom and doctrine rather than of affirmation and inspiration. In reconstructing the Puritan experience of poetry, Hammond argues that this widespread view reflects a persistent tendency to approach these poems from a modern perspective. The contemporary critical bias against didactic and conventional writing has made Bradstreet and Taylor seem to be the only Puritan poets worth reading. The most popular poet of the era, Michael Wigglesworth, author of the infamous Day of Doom, remains virtually ignored because of this bias. Moreover, Bradstreet and Taylor are often interpreted and assessed in terms of the poetic preferences of the modern reader. Hammond contends that by understanding how Puritans felt when they wrote and read verse, modern readers can appreciate these writings on their own terms. "There was a Puritan way of reading," he maintains, "and it was not like ours. ... Puritans were not merely content with their poetry but seem to have delighted in its didacticism and conventionality - the very qualities that distance the texts from us." Sinful Self, Saintly Self provides an important corrective to anachronistic interpretations and allows contemporary readers to confront the "otherness" of Puritan poetry. By historicizing the experience of seventeenth-century New England verse, Hammond argues for the interpretation of older writings in their cultural and psychological contexts
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1950-
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Hammond, Jeffrey
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Taylor, Edward
  • Wigglesworth, Michael
  • Bradstreet, Anne
  • American poetry
  • American poetry
  • American poetry
  • Christian poetry, American
  • Puritans
  • Poetry
  • Puritans in literature
  • Self in literature
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Sinful self, saintly self : the Puritan experience of poetry, Jeffrey A. Hammond
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-296) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The forgotten Pilgrim : Biblical reading and the Puritan experience of poetry -- 2. "By ladders of your own" : eschatology and the selflessness of reading -- 3. "A sinful self ... remaining in my heart" : riddles of comfort for the saintly self -- 4. "Setting up my Ebenezer" : Anne Bradstreet and the examined self -- 5. "Hidden manna that the world knows not" : the Pilgrim's inner life -- 6. "Make use of what I leave in love" : the saintly self on trial -- 7. Apostle to a naked Christ : Gods determinations for Pilgrim readers -- 8. "Both wayes born" : Edward Taylor as weary Pilgrim -- 9. "The crumb of dust" : Pilgrim voice and Christic reader in the Preparatory meditations -- 10. "In sacred text I write" : the Taylorian self as the Word
Control code
25915911
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 305 pages
Isbn
9780820315003
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1523910
Label
Sinful self, saintly self : the Puritan experience of poetry, Jeffrey A. Hammond
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The forgotten Pilgrim : Biblical reading and the Puritan experience of poetry -- 2. "By ladders of your own" : eschatology and the selflessness of reading -- 3. "A sinful self ... remaining in my heart" : riddles of comfort for the saintly self -- 4. "Setting up my Ebenezer" : Anne Bradstreet and the examined self -- 5. "Hidden manna that the world knows not" : the Pilgrim's inner life -- 6. "Make use of what I leave in love" : the saintly self on trial -- 7. Apostle to a naked Christ : Gods determinations for Pilgrim readers -- 8. "Both wayes born" : Edward Taylor as weary Pilgrim -- 9. "The crumb of dust" : Pilgrim voice and Christic reader in the Preparatory meditations -- 10. "In sacred text I write" : the Taylorian self as the Word
Control code
25915911
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 305 pages
Isbn
9780820315003
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1523910

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