Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury

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August 2014, no. 363
A new biography of George Herbert

Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert

by John Drury

Allen Lane, $49.99 hb, 416 pp, 9781846142482

Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury

Reviewed by
August 2014, no. 363

Disdaining the opening moves traditionally associated with literary biography – the expected orderly progress through ancestry, parentage, birth, schooling, juvenilia – John Drury’s masterly new account of the life and poetry of George Herbert begins instead with the poem that Drury sees as Herbert’s finest work, written in mid-career, ‘Love (III)’. Herbert designed this poem as the culminating piece in the collection upon which his poetic reputation would come ultimately to rest, The Temple (1633).

A new biography of George Herbert

Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert

by John Drury

Allen Lane, $49.99 hb, 416 pp, 9781846142482

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