Feeling death

And speaking of the cultural impact of grief (and troublesome neighbors), this time in a historical context: an article on the mourning poetry and practices of the Puritans. I rather like the idea of poetry that combines the virtues of consolation, intellectual exercise, and artistic transgression (if the rigors of the form functioned as cover for a poet’s writing; if, on the other hand, the “divine code” van der Woude describes had resonance for the poet, then I suppose we’re mostly back to consolation, a worthy end in itself).

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