from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Crashaw, Richard 1613?-1649. English metaphysical poet best known for his collection of religious verse, Steps to the Temple (1646).


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  • And those subtler minds who instantly perceived its beauty, and saw how his language and his imagery often recalled those of the seventeenth-century metaphysicals, such as Crashaw, too readily perhaps asserted a bond between his thought and theirs.

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  • "Profit is not the principal end of colonizing Virginia," thundered the powerful London minister William Crashaw in 1609.

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  • Here he talked about reading poems of the English Jacobean poet Richard Crashaw.

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  • At the time I was reading poems of the English Jacobean poet Richard Crashaw, and was fascinated by his 157-line Latin poem Bulla (Bubble), which at one point personifies a floating bubble that has this to say: (Read more here)

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  • Brooks, born in 1917 in Kansas but a Chicagoan for her eight decades, is a poet whose strongest work combines contemporary (though rarely demotic) diction with a love of word-play and supple, elaborate syntax recalling Donne or even Crashaw (and frequently Eliot) which she brings to bear, with affectionate irony, on her subject.

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  • I would hazard a guess, at least, that the names will not be those of Suarez or Bellarmine or even Crashaw; but that cold blasts of Emerson and the Ethical Societies will blow upon us from that icy plain.

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  • Critical History of English Literature (London, 1960) refers only to Giles Fletcher, to Sylvester's translation of Du Bartas, and to Crashaw as being baroque.


  • Mourgues, in a book in English, Metaphysical, Baroque and Précieux Poetry (Oxford, 1953) uses it as a term of disapproval limited to Crashaw.


  • I. Watkin, a student of German Catholic literature, discussed Crashaw as baroque, in a work entitled The


  • Austin Warren's book on Crashaw has the subtitle: A



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