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See the Virgin Blest

The Virgin Mary in English Poetry

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Barry Spurr
    Pages 3-48
  3. Barry Spurr
    Pages 49-80
  4. Barry Spurr
    Pages 81-122
  5. Barry Spurr
    Pages 123-166
  6. Barry Spurr
    Pages 167-196
  7. Barry Spurr
    Pages 197-218
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 219-243

About this book


This is a fascinating literary-critical study of the ways the Virgin Mary has been presented in English poetry, from the later Middle Ages to today. It includes several focused studies on a particular poet and his/her representation of the Virgin, blending historical, theological and cultural issues with the dominant literary-critical approach.


Middle Ages poem poet poetry Renaissance Romanticism

About the authors

BARRY SPURR is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Bibliographic information


'Barry Spurr's new book combines meticulous literary analyses with theological insight...This is the work of a learned, experienced and sensitive literary critic with an excellent understanding of the contribution literature can make to theological shifts and religious practice.' - David Jasper, Literature and Theology