Carcanet Press
Quote of the Day
It is impossible to imagine literary life in Britain without Carcanet.
William Boyd

Selected Writings

Thomas Traherne

Edited by Dick Davis

No Text
RRP: GBP 7.95
Discount: 10%
You Save: GBP 0.79

Price: GBP 7.16
Available Add to basket
Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 856352 31 7
Categories: 17th Century, Anglican
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: January 1992
190 x 130 x 7 mm
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
  • Description
  • Excerpt
  • Editor
  • Contents
  • Awards
  • Reviews
  •            One star
           Is better far
        Than many precious stones:
    One sun, which is above in glory seen,
        Is worth ten thousand golden thrones:
        A juicy herb or spire of grass
        In useful virtue, native green,
             An emerald doth surpass,
    Hath in't more value, though less seen.
                    from THE APOSTASY
        
    Thomas Traherne's poems were discovered in London in 1896 and originally assigned in error to Henry Vaughan. Later scholarship has established their true authorship. Traherne (1637-1674) was a remarkable religious writer. The son of a Hereford shoe-maker, he was well-educated, took religious orders and pursued a varied career. Prior to the discovery of his poems, he was best known for his Centuries of Meditations, of which passages from the third are most widely anthologised. The visionary precision of his prose characterises his verse as well: he is not an altogether orthodox mystic.

    Dick Davis presents a selection from the full range of Traherne's poetry and prose and provides a critical and biographical introduction.
    Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION

    A NOTE ON THE TEXT



    The Author to the Critical Peruser

    The Salutation

    Wonder

    Eden

    Innocence

    The Preparative

    Dumbness

    Silence

    My Spirit

    Nature

    The Person

    Love

    The Rapture

    Desire

    On News

    The Apostasy

    Solitude

    Bells

    Christendom

    Shadows in the Water

    On leaping over the Moon

    Dreams

    Insatiableness

    Hosanna

    An Hymm upon St Bartholomew's Day

    On the Bible



    from The First Century

    from The Second Century

    from The Third Century

    Dick Davis
    Dick Davis was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1945, and educated at the universities of Cambridge (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Manchester (Ph.D. in Medieval Persian Literature). He lived in Iran for eight years from 1970 to 1978, and also for some time in both Italy and Greece. He ... read more
    Awards won by Dick Davis Winner, 1981 Royal Society of Literature Award (Seeing the World)
    Praise for Dick Davis 'It is marvelous to find a poet whose poetry lives through its metre. His handling of it is masterful, and you are never aware of the effort. And the language is exact but relentless, like the perceptions . . . Davis is one of the best poets around.'
    Thom Gunn
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog Jane Draycott and Jenny Lewis: Recalibrating the Classics read more W.S Graham: Lives & Letters read more Vahni Capildeo: Honouring the Water Dragon: A Walk in Shiga Prefecture read more Jane Draycott: Translating 'Pearl' read more Patrick Worsnip: A Journey Through Translation read more 'Morality Clauses' - PN Review read more
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2018 Carcanet Press Ltd