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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Richard Harp

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Restlessness occupied a significant spot in the literature of many prominent writers during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries including George Herbert, Christopher Marlowe, and John Milton. Herbert's perspective alone differs from the others; George Herbert's perspective is framed in "The Pulley." His view that restlessness is a divine treasure is unique to him and is manifested in various avenues. First, restlessness as a virtue is manifested in his own writing. Writing poetry was a mental form of restlessness that allowed Herbert to praise God, putting him in a position to be received into God's rest. Second is the concept of practical theology. Practical use of his faith was essential to Herbert's life as a priest and also to his life as a priest within his poetry. The speaker in The Temple is a man who longs to find God and to be found by God through an equal balance of grace and works. When combined, mental and physical restlessness form a powerful and essential part of George Herbert's poetry, a part that cannot be underestimated for its value to a serious study of The Temple.


Estrangement; Fulfillment; George; Herbert; Restlessness Spiritual

Controlled Subject

British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature; Religion

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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