Introduction: A Transitional Figure

  • John Hoyles
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The work of Norris has suffered from the scant justice of footnotes and passing references. To a greater extent than More, his significance has been obscured by compartmentalisation, no attempt having been made to relate his poetry, philosophy and theology to a common pursuit. As a poet, he is remembered perfunctorily as the last of the Metaphysicals, not so much because his work shows affinities with Herbert’s, as because Herbert was his predecessor at Bemerton vicarage. Herbert is the poet who transcends his ecclesiastical function; Norris is Norris of Bemerton, and his poetry is forgotten. From the meagre critical attention he has received we may glean the following hints.


Scholastic Rationalism Passing Reference Magnum Opus English Poetry NORRIS Aspect 
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