The Last Pilgrimage to Eternity

Protestant Paths to the Afterlife in Early Modern English Poetry

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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2018-03-29, 262 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4254-4

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Author(s)
Cyril L. Caspar
Book title
The Last Pilgrimage to Eternity Protestant Paths to the Afterlife in Early Modern English Poetry
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
262
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-4254-4
DOI
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB HBLH HRAX
BISAC-Code
LIT004120 HIS037040 REL033000
THEMA-Code
DSB NHDL QRAX
Release date
2018-03-29
Edition
1
Topics
Religion, Kulturgeschichte, Literatur
Readership
English Literary Studies, Early Modern Studies, Theology, Reformation History
Keywords/Tags
Death, Literature, England, Renaissance, Pilgrimage, Religion, Cultural History, British Studies, Early Modern History, History of Religion, General Literature Studies, Literary Studies

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