George Herbert (3 April, 1593 – 1 March, 1633) was an English priest, orator, and poet. His poems are associated with the writings of metaphysical poets.
- Born in Montgomery, Powys, Wales, he was one of 10 children.
- His father, Richard Herbert, was a powerful member of parliament, a justice of the peace, and later a high sheriff.
- His mother, Magdalen, was friend and patron of poets, writers, and artists. She also pushed her children to get a good education.
- Mr. Herbert’s brother, Edward, the eldest who inherited his father’s estates and became Baron Herbert of Cherbury, was a soldier, diplomat, historian, poet and philosopher known as the “father of English deism”. His younger brother, Sir Henry Herbert, was Master of the Revels to both Charles I and Charles II. The Master of Revels was responsible for overseeing festivities, and later for censorship.
- George Herbert graduated with a master’s degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, at age 23.
- As a priest Mr. Herbert revised and wrote his collection of poems called The Temple, as well as a guide to rural ministry.
- Mr. Herbert wrote poetry in English, Latin, and Greek.
- Al of his surviving poems in English revolve around religious themes.
- Suffering from poor health most of his life, Mr. Herbert died of consumption in 1633.
- Mr. Herbert has been known as “one of the foremost British devotional lyricists” by The Poetry Foundation.
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