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The Last Pilgrimage to Eternity: Protestant Paths to the Afterlife in Early Modern English Poetry


Caspar, Cyril L. (2018). The Last Pilgrimage to Eternity: Protestant Paths to the Afterlife in Early Modern English Poetry. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

Abstract

With the advent of the reformation, concepts of living and dying were profoundly reconfigured. As purgatory disappeared from the spiritual landscape, other paths to the afterlife were rediscovered. Thus, when life draws to a close, the passage to the afterlife becomes a last pilgrimage, a popular early modern metaphor that has received little critical commentary. In a rigorous historical and theological reading, Cyril L. Caspar explores five major English poets – John Donne, Sir Walter Raleigh, George Herbert, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton – to unveil the poetical potential of the last pilgrimage as a life-transcending metaphor.

Abstract

With the advent of the reformation, concepts of living and dying were profoundly reconfigured. As purgatory disappeared from the spiritual landscape, other paths to the afterlife were rediscovered. Thus, when life draws to a close, the passage to the afterlife becomes a last pilgrimage, a popular early modern metaphor that has received little critical commentary. In a rigorous historical and theological reading, Cyril L. Caspar explores five major English poets – John Donne, Sir Walter Raleigh, George Herbert, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton – to unveil the poetical potential of the last pilgrimage as a life-transcending metaphor.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:29 March 2018
Deposited On:07 May 2018 08:58
Last Modified:13 Mar 2019 16:27
Publisher:Transcript Verlag
Series Name:Lettre
Number of Pages:262
ISBN:978-3-8376-4254-4
Additional Information:Diss. Univ. Zürich, 2017. - Ref.: Reddick, Allen H; Korref.: Gutbrodt, Fritz
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839442548
Related URLs:https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-4254-4/ (Publisher)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod011166979 (Library Catalogue)
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  • : Grant IDFK-14-059
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