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Secular and Sacred
Edited by Robin Holloway
RRP: GBP 12.95
Available from: Buy now from Amazon
ISBN: 978 1 847777 62 1
Categories: 17th Century, British, Catholic
Published: April 2013
220 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback
One of the greatest English poets of the mid-seventeenth century, Richard Crashaw is still widely neglected and misunderstood. Published to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth, this new selection of his work aims to help restore him to his rightful place. Skilfully and sensitively arranged by Robin Holloway, Professor Emeritus of Musical Composition at the University of Cambridge, this selection unfolds in a sequence of movements and intermezzi, Crashaw’s secular verse forming a lively counterpoint to his beautiful devotional poetry. The selection also includes some of Crashaw’s Latin verse, with wholly new English translations.
'[Crashaw exhibits] a deliberate conscious perversity of language… like that of the amazing, impressive interior of St. Peter’s.'
'A fine selection of Crashawâs lyrics with an engagingly personal introduction. Hollowayâs friendly and witty approach may find Crashaw a new audience as much by acknowledging his weaknesses for the modern reader as by championing his strengths.'
Times Literary Supplement '[Crashaw exhibits] a deliberate conscious perversity of languageâ¦ like that of the amazing, impressive interior of St. Peterâs.'
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