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Thomas Traherne (1636 or 1637 - October 10, 1674) was an English poet and religious writer. He was born in Hereford, son of a shoemaker, and got the name Traherne from a wealthy innkeeper who raised him after his parents’ death. He entered Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1652, achieving an M.A. in arts and divinity nine years later. In the meantime, he worked for ten years as a parish priest in Credenhill, near Hereford, before becoming the private chaplain to Sir Orlando Bridgeman, the Lord Keeper of the Seals of Charles II, in 1667. He died in Teddington after seven years in this service. October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... Events February 19 - England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster. ... Hereford - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Brasenose College (in full: The Kings Hall and College of Brasenose) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 30 January 1649 (de jure) or 29 May 1660 (de facto) until his death. ... Teddington is a place in London, England in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. ...


Thomas led a humble and devout life, and only one of his literary works, Roman Forgeries (1673), was published in his lifetime. Christian Ethicks (1675) followed soon, but then much of his finest work was lost, corrupted or misattributed to other writers. It wasn’t until 1896 that his poems were rediscovered, followed by their publication in Poems (1903) and Centuries of Meditations (1908).


Thomas was one of the Metaphysical poets and probably the most celebratory of all of them, his writing expressing an ardent, childlike love of God and a firm belief in man’s relation to divinity. He introduced a child’s viewpoint unknown in the religious literature of the time, recalling the innocence of childhood experience, with little mention of sin and suffering and concentrating more on the glory of creation, to the extent that some have seen his verse as bordering upon pantheism. The Metaphysical poets were a loose group of British lyric poets of the 17th century, who shared an interest in metaphysical concerns and a common way of investigating them. ... Pantheism (Greek: pan = all and Theos = God) literally means God is All and All is God. It is the view that everything is of an all-encompassing immanent God; or that the universe, or nature, and God are equivalent. ...


Traherne's work was personally influential on the thought of such notables as Thomas Merton and C. S. Lewis, who called Centuries of Meditations "almost the most beautiful book in English." Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk and author, born in Prades in the Pyrénées-Orientales departement of France to an American mother and an artist father from New Zealand. ... Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar mostly resident in England. ...


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§2. Thomas Traherne; "Centuries of Meditations". VI. Caroline Divines. Vol. 7. Cavalier and Puritan. The ... (426 words)
All heaven and earth he takes for the province of the pious soul, and the breadth of his conception of true religion is reflected in the richness of his style.
The style is that of a poet who is also a master of prose; and there is no monotony in the richness of meditation after meditation on the eternal theme of the goodness and the splendour of God.
Traherne is markedly the product of his age, in its ardour of expansion.
Thomas Traherne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (602 words)
Thomas Traherne (1636 or 1637 - October 10, 1674) was an English poet and religious writer.
Traherne has at his best an excellence all his own, but there can be no reasonable doubt that he was familiar both with the poems of George Herbert and of Vaughan.
Thomas was one of the Metaphysical poets and probably the most celebratory of all of them, his writing expressing an ardent, childlike love of God and a firm belief in man’s relation to divinity.
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