Richard Crashaw
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Poems by Richard Crashaw
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Although Richard Crashaw was the son of a strongly anti-Catholic clergyman in England, he became a convert to Catholicism.

As a Catholic sympathizer, Richard Crashaw was forced into exile in France for some time during the English civil wars.

He married twice, both wives dying soon after the marriage.

Richard Crashaw's poetry is often listed among the favorites of the English Metaphysical Poets, a group that includes George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, and John Donne.

Crashaw's poetry in Steps to the Temple (1646) makes some obvious references to Herbert's work, and Crashaw admits to being influenced by Herbert, but Crashaw's poetry is less overtly "religious" and more immediately mystical. Some of his poetry even makes free use of sensual, even erotic imagery that has shocked many commentators through the years, but it reflects the mystic's instinct to convey ecstatic awareness in even its most physical experiences.

Poems by Richard Crashaw

Recommended Books: Richard Crashaw

Poetry for the Spirit: Poems of Universal Wisdom and Beauty The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse Metaphysical Poetry: (Penguin Classics) Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul Metaphysical Poetry: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Edition)

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A brief introduction to the main figures of the English Metaphysical Poets movement.

RPO - Selected Poetry of Richard Crashaw

Representative Poetry Online. Several poems and poem excerpts by Crashaw.

Poet: Richard Crashaw

Several poems by Crashaw online.

Richard Crashaw Books and Articles

Links to several articles on the poetry and mysticism of Richard Crashaw.

Richard Crashaw: Steps Temple, Delights Muses

The complete text of Steps to the Steps to the Temple collection and some of The Delights of the Muses online.

Richard Crashaw

A couple of brief biographies online.
Richard Crashaw